I was thinking about this earlier; were Red Bull right to switch from Ferrari to Renault engines?
Of course the Renault engine has strengths (driveability, traction) and Ferrari has weaknesses (reliability). But there are decent arguments to say they should have kept with Ferrari.
The one observation I would point to is the performance of the Toro Rosso compared to the Red Bull in 2008. In the second half of the season, when they shared the same chassis (RB4/STR3) but different engines the Toro Rosso was consistently quicker. This, despite having a weaker organisation and being clearly labelled as the ‘B-team’.
Of course Vettel is an excellent driver, but is this enough to explain Toro Rosso outperforming the Red Bull first team?
When Red Bull switched to Renault some people also suggested that Ferrari weren’t supplying exactly the same specification as the factory team. But, given all the complaints we’ve heard this season and last about the relative weakness of the Renault engine, did Red Bull make a mistake in retrospect?
I think they did.
What do you think would happen if they asked for Ferrari engines once again?
I suspect Ferrari would say no.
It’s interesting to think about how things could have worked out differently.
p.s. I used to be ‘Tom Hitchings’. I have decided to change my username.