with everything In line with Max Verstappen for his third consecutive title streakRed Bull lives off its self-imposed challenges that many consider an unnecessary risk. We have examples of this in almost every Grand Prix. In Austria, the penultimate of the dates held, the Dutchman decided to play the gap he created behind him, in front of the peloton, to go change tires and carry out the attack on the fastest lap in the last turn of Test dominated the tyranny since Friday: He was fastest in the free exercise, timed, winning the sprint and sprint on Sunday. That mentality that many see as almost suicidal is the one that keeps entire forces connected in every process put into action and, ultimately, the one that allowed the energy team to trade into another dimension. Red Bull won all of the grand prixes on this course, and if it were also held on Sunday, in Hungary (3:00pm, Dazn), it would equal the absolute record of eleven set by McLaren in 1988, with this legendary duo formed by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
The 118 points that separate Verstappen from third-placed Fernando Alonso – The second is Perez – and the fact that the manufacturer from Milton Keynes (Great Britain) is twice the second (Mercedes) in points allows him to set his sights on the future, because the short and medium term are entirely his. In these terms, his gaze is already set in 2026, the date on which the new technical regulation will be issued, which will focus the main change element on power units. And what are the data and simulations of the hero team project, they don’t like anything.
The most striking point of the new framework is the rebalancing of the ratio between the power that the internal combustion engine will generate and the electric power, which should go from the current ratio of 80% (combustion) and 20% (electric), to parity (50% for each range). “What we see [en los datos] It’s awful. I think we will enter the ICE (internal combustion engine) competition, so whoever has the most powerful will have a huge advantage, ”the Dutchman warned a few days ago. “I don’t think this is the ideal line that F1 is looking for, because the cost will go up very high to find those extra horses that will make the difference.” Mad Max. Perhaps we should pay attention to the relationship between the electric motor and the combustion engine before it’s too late. Christian Horner, director of the company, emphasized the risk of creating Frankenstein-style cars, which force us to use moving aerodynamic elements to reduce their resistance.
The rest of the teams read this warning as a sign of weakness on the part of Red Bull, which, in addition, by that date (2026) will ally itself with Ford as an engine supplier. “Having a competitive car is a combination of factors. There’s the pilot, the chassis and the power unit. I don’t think that’s going to change with the next change in the regulations, the next change or the next,” says Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren. Others think that a shakeup like the one that will happen three years from now inevitably favors some more than others, as seen with Mercedes in the introduction of hybrid technology (2014), which gave way to the brutal dominance of the Silver Arrows, with seven consecutive pairs. “With any change in the organization of the power unit, it can be won or lost,” says Williams principal James Fowles.
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