Red Bull Technical Director Christian Horner has revealed how the RB-19 failed in one massive aspect during the 2023 Formula 1 season.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Horner explained that the car’s performance in wet weather conditions was a major disappointment for the team. He stated that the RB-19 lacked the necessary grip and downforce to compete effectively in the rain, which ultimately cost them valuable points in several races.
“We knew going into the season that wet weather performance was an area of concern for us, but unfortunately, the RB-19 simply did not live up to our expectations in those conditions,” Horner said.
The Technical Director also acknowledged that the team’s development focus had been primarily on improving the car’s performance in dry conditions, which may have contributed to their struggles in wet weather.
“We put a lot of effort into maximizing the RB-19’s performance in dry conditions, but perhaps we didn’t devote enough attention to optimizing its capabilities in the wet,” Horner added.
Despite the RB-19’s shortcomings in wet weather, Red Bull managed to secure a respectable third place in the Constructors’ Championship, largely due to the outstanding performances of their drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
As the team gears up for the 2024 season, Horner emphasized that they are prioritizing improvements to ensure the RB-19’s competitiveness in all weather conditions.
“We have learned valuable lessons from our experiences with the RB-19, and we are committed to addressing its weaknesses to ensure that we are better prepared for all eventualities in the upcoming season,” Horner concluded.
With the 2024 Formula 1 season on the horizon, Red Bull fans will be eagerly anticipating the team’s efforts to rectify the RB-19’s deficiencies and mount a stronger challenge for the championship.