Red Bull’s Christian Horner says the team’s resources and focus are now entirely directed towards 2017, with only a few minor updates still to be implemented this season.
Red Bull has extracted itself from its 2015 doldrums this year, thanks in large part to massive improvement of its TAG-Heuer badged Renault power unit.
Next year’s big change in regulations has forced teams to allocate resources to their 2017 efforts early on, and Red Bull is naturally no exception.
“Now the whole factory is focused on 2017, there are little bits and pieces [for the 2016 car] but nothing major,” Horner said.
While Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were out of the top 3 in Monza, Red Bull is confident of a good showing next weekend under the Singapore floodlights.
“It is a different type of circuit, where we expect to be stronger. Hopefully we can get closer to Ferrari and give them a harder time than we did in Monza.
“Monza is a pure horsepower circuit, slow-speed corners, long straights, so it’s very clear where things are at.
“We’re in a better position to where we were 12 months ago, but there is still some way to go to close that down. But we know that there are circuits coming up which should suit more the characteristics of our car.
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“Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico are theoretically all tracks which should be reasonable for us.”
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