Disastrous weekend for some Formula 1 teams. Among these is Red Bull Racing, the home team that, during the race, had problems with the car's power unit.
Christian Horner, like the whole team, had aimed for the first victory of the season during the home Grand Prix, but both cars had electronics problems that cost them a position among the top teams in the Championship.
The previous race at the Spielberg track ended with only 13 teams classified. Now teams have a few days to analyse the car performance from the last week and try to ameliorate the race trim.
Honda seems to have a solution.
Honda Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe said: "The problems on the two Aston Martin Red Bull Racing cars in the last race were both electrical, but caused by different issues,
"We have been analysing both these matters together with the teams and we have put countermeasures in place for this weekend.
"As our power units do not have any damage caused by those issues, Max and Alex will use their same PUs this weekend. We must aim to finish the race with all four cars and achieve a good result with them."
Max Verstappen seems to be very excited about the second race weekend at the Red Bull Ring, also because according to the Dutchman one of the two cars could have finished on the podium last Sunday.
"I feel good but of course the result was not what we wanted, which was to score a good amount of points and fight for the win,
"I was looking good for a podium which I thought was easily possible because it was basically between Mercedes and myself on raw pace.
"But then you also look at how the whole race panned out, we could have scored a good amount of points against Lewis but it is what it is, we can’t change it and now I’m looking forward to hopefully having a more positive weekend. We were a bit down on pace compared to Mercedes in qualifying so we definitely need to close that gap to fight them in that area rather than on strategy.
"Our pace is usually a bit better in the race than in qualifying but there is still quite a bit of work to do which the engineers are flat out on. We have ideas and the direction to work on for this weekend so that’s positive."
This is what emerges from the statements made by Max Verstappen in anticipation of the next Grand Prix.
The end of the race for Red Bull driven by Alex Albon was certainly not what they expected.
"There’s less anticipation heading into this weekend now we’re in a rhythm. We know where the car is at, driving and set-up wise, we know what’s needed, so there are less unknowns and now it’s just time to do the business. Get into the weekend, fine tune things and close the gap to Mercedes" he said.
Red Bull will have to regain its place in the standings.