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In theory we can beat Red Bull in 2016 - Sainz

  • Published on 10 Dec 2015 11:21
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Carlos Sainz thinks it is possible Toro Rosso could beat Red Bull's premier F1 team in 2016. Toro Rosso - meaning Red Bull in Italian - is known as the energy drink company's second or 'junior' F1 team. But the Faenza based squad is switching from Renault to 2015-spec Ferrari power next year, while Red Bull Racing merely rebrands its Renault power units as Tag-Heuer.

"In theory," Toro Rosso driver Sainz said, "next season we should be ahead of Red Bull. The Ferrari engine has maybe 50 or 60 horse power more," he told Spanish media at an event at the Jarama circuit on Wednesday. "For us that means between 6 and 8 tenths, while Red Bull this season was about half a second ahead of us with the same engine."

"So in theory we should be ahead but I think Red Bull will have learned what their weaknesses are and are certain to bring a better car in 2016. Their budget is about EUR 200 million but more than that, we all know that Red Bull is Red Bull," Sainz, referring to that team's four world championships, added. (GMM)

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  • Well, merely rebranding... Renault will work on the engine, just as Ferrari worked on theirs last year. Renault can gain some hp just like Ferrari did.

    So if you assume Renault cannot gain anything, the theory is correct.

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    • Dec 10 2015 - 11:44
    • Yup pretty much. If anything, Toro Rosso took the safer path: they know for sure how good the 2015 spec Ferrari PU is, whereas Red Bull doesnt know how good the 2016 Renault PU will be.

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      • Dec 10 2015 - 13:28
    • khasmir

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      Renault will have to seriously up their game. Ferrari improved their PU during the season while Renault only introduced some updates at the end that didn't seem to work very well.
      But I fear Renault will be quite busy rebuilding their factory team next year, so hmm, not sure what to expect from them.

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      • Dec 10 2015 - 19:24

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