Resurgent Red Bull have plenty in the pipeline

Mon May 16, 2016 10:52am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Red Bull are hoping that engine and chassis upgrades will help them beat Ferrari and Formula One champions Mercedes more often after Max Verstappen's Spanish Grand Prix victory on Sunday.

Apart from becoming the sport's youngest race winner, the 18-year-old Dutch driver secured the former world champions their first triumph since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

It was also the first win since that August afternoon for engine suppliers Renault, even if the Red Bull cars now carry the name of Swiss watch company Tag Heuer after relations with the French manufacturer frayed almost to breaking point last year.

Red Bull have been busy mending fences since then, a necessary move given that nobody else was willing to take Renault's place, and team principal Christian Horner continued that process on Sunday.

"I have to pay compliments to our Tag Heuer engine partners who have done a great job in making progress," he said to laughter from reporters.

"I think that with what's in the pipeline for coming races there's a lot of reason for optimism. If we get what's advertised then it's going to put us in a position at least to race Ferraris every weekend," he added.

"Then, hopefully, we can get into trying to close that gap with Mercedes at certain circuits."

Renault will be testing an upgraded power unit at the Barcelona circuit this week with plans to introduce it at next month's Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull and their own Renault factory team.   Continued...

Formula One - Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack, Montmelo, Spain - 15/5/16 Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen (R) of The Netherlands leads Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during Spanish Grand Prix. REUTERS/Albert Gea - RTSED9X