Red Bull fast but facing a tough weekend

Red Bull fast but facing a tough weekend

In the latest of his in-depth analysis features, AUTOSPORT's grand prix editor Mark Hughes examines Red Bull's Sepang practice pace and why turning that speed into victory won't be easy

Yesterday, upon being questioned for the umpteenth time since Hockenheim last year about his car's ability to run its nose visibly closer to the ground than any other, the unflappable sheen of Christian Horner momentarily cracked: "Look," he exclaimed, exasperated, "I'll explain it very simply," before going on to attribute the trait to running the car with a lot more ride height rake than rival cars.

There's almost certainly more to it than just that, but the RB7's nose-down stance is a visible symptom of its aerodynamic concept, one that the car has been designed around. It's only such a hot topic because of the continuing superiority of the Red Bull and a Formula 1 community nervous about the prospect of a season dominated by one car.

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