The last two years have presented Red Bull with a few headaches regarding their cars. Alex Albon lost his seat at the end of last season, with Sergio Perez coming in to replace him.
While a better showing can be expected from him, it is fair to say that only Max Verstappen has truly understood the car dynamics.
It is not as though Red Bull is not aware of this problem. the team attempted to find some resolution throughout the 2020 season.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is hopeful that pre-season testing will give the team a clear understanding about whether it has been able to address its problems.
“I don’t know. We’ll see when the car drives! We gained a lot of understanding last year,” Horner said.
“I think part (of the problems) was due to the complexity of our wind tunnel, which has its limits in some ways.
“So we will only know what progress we have made when we race from Bahrain,” he said.
The team will be looking to build on its performance in the last few races and it is unrealistic to expect a complete overhaul of the 2020 challenger.
“And of course you no longer have the advantage of being able to test, so you have to test components on a Grand Prix track or in the virtual world.
“I think we were lured on the wrong track at the beginning of the year. We recovered from this in the course of the 2020 season,” Horner said.
The team will expect to start strong and keep in touch of Mercedes, even though the Silver Arrows themselves have admitted other teams in the line-up could give them a challenge this year.
With pre-season testing just around the corner now, it will be interesting to see just how competitive Red Bull will be. One would hope that there is stiffer competition at the top of the table.