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Tech analysis: How Monaco updates proved Red Bull’s potential

Red Bull Racing's best result of the year at the Monaco Grand Prix proved that its chassis was never lacking, claims team boss Christian Horner.

Tech analysis: How Monaco updates proved Red Bull’s potential
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing
Boats in the scenic Monaco Harbour passed by Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11

Updates introduced for Monaco aimed at increasing downforce and improving traction paid off handsomely as Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth and fifth.

Rather than the performance suggesting big progress on the engine front, Horner believes that the event simply showed what its car can do on a track where power is not so important.

“There has never been anything fundamentally wrong with the chassis, but of course we are always looking to improve,” he said.

“We have come here and we have managed to run maximum downforce. There was no compromise on downforce, and we have seen some of the chassis' potential.” 

Suspension tweaks a help

As Motorsport.com's exclusive photograph below shows, Red Bull continued with a major rear suspension modification that first appeared at the Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull RB11 rear suspension detail
Red Bull RB11 rear suspension detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The revised geometry, which effectively raised where the upper wishbone connected to the hub, was designed to help improve traction.

Such a quality is demanded at Monaco, so the fact the team was able to show so well suggested it has made good progress in this area.

Red Bull also introduced a 'monkey seat', pictured below, that helped deliver more downforce, as well as tweaks to its brake duct to help improve cooling.

Red Bull RB11 monkey seat detail
Red Bull RB11 monkey seat detail

Photo by: XPB Images

Drivers on top form too

Horner also reckoned that Kvyat and Ricciardo deserved praise too, especially with the way they assisted each other late on.

After the safety car period, Kvyat let Ricciardo through to try to attack the cars ahead – before taking the place back when it became clear the attack had not paid off.

Horner added: “I think the drivers have done a fantastic job. Kvyat had a great performance and there was great teamwork with Ricciardo.

“We had a free stop after Perez stopped to put a set of supersofts on the car, and he [Ricciardo] managed a brave move to get past Kimi.

“Then it made sense to switch the drivers, on the understanding that if he [Ricciardo] couldn't pass the cars ahead he would have to give the position back. They both played very nicely.”

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