Red Bull and Honda call emergency meeting

Jamie Woodhouse
Red Bull and Honda to hold emergency meeting before Silverstone.

Red Bull and Honda to hold emergency meeting before Silverstone.

Bosses from Red Bull and Honda are set to meet at Silverstone over the weekend to address the team’s poor start to the season.

Red Bull went into the 2020 campaign looking to take the fight to Mercedes in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship, saying their preparations for this campaign were the best since their final double title-winning season in 2013.

So far though it hasn’t turned out too well for the Austrian outfit with Mercedes storming their way to pole and victory in the first three rounds, whilst a P2 for Max Verstappen in Hungary is the best Red Bull have to show for their efforts so far.

The team do currently occupy P2 in the Constructors’ Championship, but already they are 66 points behind Mercedes.

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Red Bull principal Christian Horner has said the RB16 is “misbehaving aerodynamically“, whilst Honda are also concerned that their engine isn’t helping the situation.

So, they are going to sit down and talk at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes HQ before Friday practice at Silverstone to sort out a plan moving forward.

“It’s important now that both Red Bull and us have some suspicions and discuss the solution together,” Honda F1’s Managing Director Masashi Yamamoto told

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“Without that, we would end the season without being able to catch up with Mercedes. In order to make the car evolve even a day, we decided to discuss it carefully before the British GP.”

Speaking to the Honda website, Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe added: “In the first triple header, we had two podium finishes with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. However, we saw a clear gap to our rival therefore we are now working together with Red Bull to close it.

“In HRD-Sakura, we have worked on coming up with solutions for the issues we encountered during those first three races, while also analysing and optimising our PU management strategy.

“Silverstone is usually one of the highlights of the F1 year, with a huge crowd of enthusiastic and knowledgeful fans, in the country that can be considered the home of motorsport, but unfortunately that great atmosphere they create will be missing this year.

“This is the circuit where our whole car-PU package is given a severe test. We and our two teams learned a lot from the first three races and we will be putting that to good use this weekend, for the first of two races on consecutive weekends at Silverstone.

“Last year we had a tough race when an incident kept us off the podium. We think it won’t be easy this year either.”

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