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Christian Horner

Horner explains why Red Bull won't bring major updates to Imola

Red Bull's RB18 will feature some upgrades at the forthcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. However, team boss Christian Horner admits that the slightly different format for the Imola event has an impact on these plans.

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Christian Horner has explained why Red Bull are not planning to bring a major upgrade package to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The team have endured mixed fortunes so far during the 2022 F1 season. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both suffered retirements in the campaign-opening Bahrain Grand Prix due to mechanical issues, whilst the two drivers finished first and fourth respectively at the next race in Saudi Arabia.

There were further reliability woes at the Australian Grand Prix, with Verstappen recording another DNF with 20 laps remaining. Perez claimed P2, but the Milton Keynes-based squad have now slipped to third in the Constructors' Championship behind Mercedes.

Horner reveals update plans for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Red Bull will be hoping for better at the next race on the calendar, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

However, the weekend format will look a little different to usual due to the first Sprint event of the year taking place. With two practice sessions rather than one, there is less time available for teams to prepare, and as such Horner says that there will not be any huge updates brought.

"I wouldn't say [we are bringing] a big package," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about the Red Bull's upgrade plans for Imola.

"It's all part of the evolution but, of course, being a Sprint race, you get very little time to evaluate these things.

"You've got one [practice] session and then you're into qualifying, so you've got to be very confident about what you're putting on the car."

"Good direction" for development of RB18, says Horner

In terms of the car's continued development throughout the season, Horner remains confident about addressing its issues.

"I think it's all part of the the evolution and development of these cars," the team boss said.

"So as we learn more about the tyres and how the cars are performing, that gives you a development direction and I think, over the first few races, we've got some very good direction for the development vein for the rest of the season."

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