Max Verstappen will reportedly contest the 2022 Monaco Formula 1 GP with a heavier car as Red Bull seeks to address some of its reliability issues. Milton Keynes plans to introduce stiffer parts for the RB18 at Monte Carlo after the DRS on Verstappen’s car failed at Barcelona last weekend.
According to the team’s special adviser Helmut Marko, the new parts will add an estimated two kilograms to the car’s weight. Speaking of ORFsaid the Austrian:
“We have reached a limit. Then the parts bend or they no longer have the right rigidity. Two kilos more or less makes no difference in Monte Carlo.”
Red Bull started the 2022 season with one of the heavier cars on the grid and have since aimed to reduce excess mass. With a series of upgrades in recent races, the team appears to have made valuable weight savings.
However, the team may have gone “over the edge” with some of those savings. They unveiled at Barcelona a new high-downforce rear wing – specifically intended for use at the Spanish and Monaco GPs – with lightweight DRS actuators.
On race day, the actuator on Max Verstappen’s car failed, preventing the Dutchman from overtaking and forcing him into an aggressive three-stop strategy. During previous stints, when he was battling for the lead against a much slower George Russell, a frustrated Verstappen lashed out at his team, saying they were “not even able to get basic things working”.
According to Marko, some of the RB18’s weight savings could be reversed for the Monaco GP as the team aims to make crucial parts stiffer to avoid a repeat of Verstappen’s problems at the Spanish GP.
“A lot can change” – Max Verstappen does not feel well, although Red Bull leads both championships
Reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen wrested the championship lead from Charles Leclerc after his third win of the season. However, the Dutchman is not satisfied with his position just yet and believes a lot could change in the long season ahead. He said:
“It’s great that we’re leading the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. Czech [Sergio Perez] and I work very well together as a team. However, there is still a long way to go and a lot can change, as we have already seen this season.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull also leads the Constructors’ Championship for the first time this season, after clawing back an early-season deficit that saw the team pick up three DNFs in three races. Despite ongoing reliability issues, the Milton Keynes team seems to be getting better and better as the season progresses.
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