RB have continued to impress in the 2024 season, securing valuable points and showcasing the potential of their VCARB-01. Following a strong showing in Montreal, the team is currently sixth in constructors’ standings with 24 points with a 17-point advantage over Haas.

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Under the guidance of CEO Peter Bayer, the team has displayed consistent performance across a variety of different circuits. The VCARB-01 has struck a balance between qualifying prowess and race-day execution. With standout performer Yuki Tsunoda committed to the team until at least 2025, and Daniel Ricciardo’s steady improvements, the Italian outfit is strongly positioned in the midfield battle.

Despite Daniel Ricciardo’s penalty for a jump start in Canada, he managed to salvage an eighth-place finish, underscoring the team’s competitiveness throughout the weekend. Team Principal Laurent Mekies explained that the penalty, attributed to a minor clutch issue, cost the team potential points. This was compounded by on-track incidents involving Yuki Tsunoda, who ultimately finished 14th.

Reflecting on the incident, Ricciardo commented, “I received a penalty for jumping the start, but I was initially confused as I knew I hadn’t missed the traffic lights. Later, I realized the car had moved during the start.”

Both Tsunoda and Ricciardo are continuing to explore different setups in simulators to help fix this issue.

RB’s Mekies: “We are steadily making correct, incremental steps”

Despite challenges earlier on in the season, RB are on an upward trajectory. “We are steadily making correct, incremental steps,” said Mekies. “We must continue our strategy of incremental improvements in every area. This approach is guiding us towards stronger performances.”

This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will see the introduction of the team’s second upgrade package of the season, following the initial upgrades debuted in Miami two months ago.

These upcoming enhancements aim to improve downforce in high-speed corners, with further modifications in stiffness and weight reduction. Whilst Miami’s upgrade yielded a two-tenths improvement, the Barcelona package could deliver up to two-and-a-half tenths at circuits like Barcelona and Silverstone.

RB are optimistic that these enhancements will narrow the performance gap to rivals like Aston Martin. With these improvements, the team aims to consolidate their competitive position and achieve improved outcomes in upcoming races.

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