During the Grand Prix weekend in Qatar it was clearly visible that the cars of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez had problems with the rear wing of the RB16B. To temporarily solve the problem, a different rear wing was chosen. This was not a problem in Doha, according to team boss Christian Horner, but the defective rear wing is much needed in the coming races.
“We already preferred the other wing, we wanted to go in this direction with the set-up,” Horner told RacingNews365, among others, about the switch to the rear wing with more downforce. This wing did not suffer from the DRS problem, which was clearly seen when the cars came into action during qualifying for the Qatar GP.
Problem should be solved for Jeddah
According to Horner, there is a real chance that the broken rear wing will have to be used on the Jeddah street circuit. With the many long straights, top speed and therefore a wing with less downforce is important. “If we need these wings in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi, then of course they have to be repaired,” said the Red Bull team principal.
According to Horner, the problem lies in the drive mechanism of the DRS wing. “In terms of reliability, the mechanism should be relatively easy to troubleshoot. We’ve been using this part for years, so it’s not a new complicated technology.” He is therefore convinced that the problem for the GP of Saudi Arabia has been solved.