Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner believes they learned a lot last year from the problems they had at the start of the season that forced them to catch up with Mercedes all season, but he’s not sure the problems won’t happen again.
In 2020, due to problems with the correlation of data from simulations and the wind tunnel with data from the track, Red Bull took a wrong development path, which made the RB16 quite unpredictable and did not have the desired aerodynamic characteristics.
Verstappen coped better with such a car than Albon and Red Bull brought improvements throughout the season to alleviate the problem and prepare for the new 2021 season for which the rules remained fairly stable.
Horner believes Red Bull with the new RB16B, which will be unveiled on Tuesday, can avoid a bad start to the season, but he’s not sure the data correlation issues won’t happen again.
“When the season finally started we saw that something was wrong given what our simulations were telling us, both the widn tunnel and other tools,” Horner told Motorsport-Total.
“That’s why we learned a lot from last season. Of course, the challenge is to apply that to 2021.”
Asked if the data correlation issue was resolved, Horner was cautious.
“I don’t know. We’ll see when the car goes on the track. Last year we greatly improved our understanding on the issue.”
“I think part of the problem is caused by the complexity of our wind tunnel, which has limitations in some aspects. So only in Bahrain we will know what progress we’ve made.”
“Usually when we bring something new it stays on the car.”
“Of course, you no longer have the advantage of being able to test whatever you want so you have to bring components to a racing weekend or test them in the virtual world.”
“I think we were misled at the beginning of last year. And we managed to recover from that during the season.”