Red Bull Racing has emerged as the leading team for the 2023 F1 season, thanks to its latest challenger. Despite being handed an extra 10% reduction in its allocated wind tunnel and CFD time due to overspending, the team has managed to produce a car that appears to be further ahead than last year’s model. Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, believes that the penalty has ensured the team focuses on managing its wind tunnel time efficiently. However, he warns that there could be long-term consequences as the penalty will apply to next year’s car as well.
Horner believes the penalty imposed on Red Bull Racing could haunt the team for the next nine months, making it extremely challenging to be selective while keeping development techniques efficient. The lack of wind tunnel development could prove problematic, especially if there is a significant alteration to the 2024 car regulations that requires extra work. The team, along with many others, expects stable regulations. Nevertheless, Horner emphasises that the penalty has been a handicap in the way that the team has only 85% of the wind tunnel time allocated to Ferrari, and 80% of Mercedes, and so on. He concluded that it’s crucial for the team to be efficient and effective in how they choose to test in the tunnel and develop both the RB19 and the RB20 car.