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Red Bull to use planned China upgrades in Australia

  • Published on 12 Mar 2019 11:55
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull has successfully pushed through upgrades planned for the weekend in China ahead to Australia, according to team advisor Dr Helmut Marko.

The RB15 will receive upgrades for this weekend's season opener in Melbourne, due to the pressure mounted by its chief technical officer Adrian Newey.

Red Bull is hoping for a year of improved results in 2019, as it enters its first year with Honda as its power unit supplier.

Speaking last week, Marko predicted that the energy drink squad will win at least five Grand Prix throughout the year as it targets closing the gap to championship contenders Mercedes and Ferrari.

"Parts that were planned for the third race were brought forward, thanks to all the pressure he [Newey] could provide to get them on to the car for Melbourne," Marko told ServusTV.

"Every employee is convinced we have another chance to drive for victories on our own.

"The RB15 is certainly the best and most expensive car in our history at Red Bull Racing, if you take efficiency and the technical perfection of the parts."

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  • Just keep it down a bit will ya, Marko? You are making your emperor nervous. Let the car do the talking, and that talking better be smooth like Grant's whiskey(tm).

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    • Mar 12 2019 - 16:44
    • Vet5

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      Maybe a Makers Mark ;)

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      • Mar 13 2019 - 09:40
    • If he continues to blab his mouth this much, I might have to commission Lord Vader, now named Lord Mugen in honour of this year, to take over. Marko's spiel is getting old, and a light saber wielding Sith is a far more impressive sight.

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      • Mar 14 2019 - 06:28
  • boudy

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    I am unsure why Marko is stating these things.

    However from what I hear in general is that RBR and Honda has been hefty investing in this years F1 chassis/PU. RBR must save very large sums not having to spend budget on their PU which they in turm can invest on other issues.

    The combination between an drinks company and an major car manufacturer is an strange one. I must commend Honda on retaining the desire towards F1 and it persistence to staying in F1.

    I for one hope that the stranglehold that Mercedes has on the silverware will be broken this year and RBR have a good change in doing this.

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    • Mar 12 2019 - 18:13
  • Williams needs someone with that kind of clout who can apply pressure as needed. Lowe didn't seem to be the one who could get it done, but he may be/have been their best option.

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    • Mar 12 2019 - 19:08
    • Vet5

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      I think it goes far deeper than Lowe being the blame, I'm sure we will find out the true story soon enough

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      • Mar 13 2019 - 09:39

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