Red Bull Racing appeared to have come home empty-handed after the second free practice session. After a P1 and a P3 in the first free practice, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were disappointing in practice. However, data from Formula1.com tells a different story.
Does Verstappen play hide and seek?
Red Bull was considered the favorite this weekend. The narrow streets of Monaco should suit the RB16B better than Mercedes’ W12, and with a P1 and P3 in the first free practice, this seemed to be borne out. In the second free practice session, however, the Ferraris were in the lead, with Verstappen and Perez falling back to P4 and P8.
It was not only a surprise that Ferrari had two drivers at the top of the timesheet, but Red Bull’s performances were particularly disappointing. Verstappen was clearly not happy with his car afterwards. He would suffer from understeer and qualify his team as weak and too slow. Lawrence Barretto has the idea that it could have been a trick of the trade.
Fastest Red Bull
“ When our data team dug up the numbers and determined how they performed by considering factors like fuel load and tire life, it dominated the short and long term charts. So while Red Bull has been talking a lot about the pace of Ferrari and Mercedes around Monaco so far this year, it just might be a deviation as they themselves seem pretty practical, ” he added. says the Formula 1 reporter.
Barretto makes these statements based on data from Formula1.com. In the qualifying simulation, Red Bull is the strongest, with Mercedes at +0.06 and Ferrari at +0.09. So it’s very close. In the race, the gap is slightly larger. Red Bull is also the fastest, with Mercedes and Ferrari at +0.14.