Red Bull will travel to high speed Monza next week with less-than-expected levels of trepidation.
The championship leading team was expecting its Renault engines to suffer on the long straights of Spa-Francorchamps, but Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber – with blistering tyres – delivered a one-two finish instead.
Italian grand prix venue Monza, meanwhile, is an even higher speed venue, and without many of the kinds of corners seen in Spa’s sector two that suited Adrian Newey’s RB7.
“In the last two years it (Monza) has not been a good track for us, so we’ll see,” Briton Newey is quoted as saying by Autosprint after accepting the constructors’ trophy on the Belgian grand prix podium.
Runaway points leader Vettel is happier with the prospect of racing at Monza after winning last Sunday.
“The car felt so fantastic (at Spa) and the balance was fabulous so it (Monza) should be manageable,” said the German.
Team boss Christian Horner admitted the Belgian result was a surprise.
“In many respects it was, yes, because power is a dominant factor and we thought it would perhaps favour some of our opponents more,” he said.
The RB7 was wearing a noticeably thin rear wing profile at Spa and the bespoke item will return to the car next weekend.
“I think that if we want to get close to certain engines on the straight we have to run a bit less wing,” confirmed Horner.