Max Verstappen and Red Bull technical director Pierre Wache have made it clear that the team needs to improve on low-speed corners and kerbs, particularly at street circuits.
Both of these factors combined at Singapore, where Carlos Sainz claimed victory for Ferrari in what was Red Bull’s only defeat in 2023, with the team making mistakes in adjusting the ride height settings.
“Mainly I think just street circuits and low-speed, kerbing," the Dutchman replied when asked where Red Bull can improve.
“These kind of things, I think we are not the best at the moment.”
Technical director Wache backed Verstappen’s assessment when the comments were put to him at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, but he stressed that the team have to be careful not to sacrifice the RB19’s best qualities when addressing the areas where it struggled.
“The team sees that same weakness, maybe in a different perspective than Max because Max is [a driver], but it’s more or less summarised quite well where we have to work for next year,” he said.
“Low-speed is clearly [one area]. 90-degree corners we are not the best, as you could see in quali in Baku and a different track [type there]. Singapore also was not a fantastic one.
“And also, our capacity to ride the kerbs and the bumpy tracks is also not perfect and we have to improve this area.”
He added: “In our system and in this business, you never have nothing for free.
“You can improve the overall potential of something, but most of the time it’s also affecting some other aspect of the car.
“[So], we have to be very careful not to destroy what we built in terms of strengths.
“It’s what we are trying to do – improve our weaknesses without compromising too much the strengths we have.”
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