Red Bull still believes high-rake concept is right for its car

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has led the way with its high rake concept in F1, with technical chief Adrian Newey convinced that it is the best solution for maximising downforce.

But amid the difficulties of its troublesome RB16, which has left Max Verstappen and Alex Albon struggling at times to find a good balance, there have been suggestions that the high rake option may no longer offer as much scope for improvement as low rake solutions.

McLaren technical director James Key suggested recently that his outfit was considering moving to a low rake car for 2021 because it felt that there could be bigger opportunities for downforce gains.

“While I don’t think the high rake philosophy is dead necessarily, it does make you step back and think, well, maybe there is more out there that we could be finding at a lower rake,” said Key.

“And in fact we’ve got some ideas and thoughts on how that might work.”

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But while Red Bull is aware that there is some debate about high rake cars, its motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says that Newey is sure that its philosophy is the right one.

“We’re looking into this,” Marko told in an exclusive interview about the high rake issue. “But since Newey believes that this is the most efficient solution, we’re sticking with it for the time being.

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