Red Bull will be switching back to its 2014 Brembo brake specification after encountering cooling problems with supplier Hitco in Malaysia two weeks ago. Both Danill Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were visibly struggling with cooling of their brakes throughout the race on Sunday, particularly at the front where brake dust was seen billowing out both rims – most notably at the heavy braking zone of turn one.
Speaking to the media on Thursday Riccardo believes that whilst the Brembo specification is older, it will still provide a better base for the team who have struggled to put together a car that can get in on the battles being made up front between Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams.
Kvyat also believes that it will change the braking feel, but not the performance. “They do feel different in how you press them. But it’s not a massive difference,” he said. “Sometimes you get a little bit more deceleration in one place or another. But the concept of the brakes is quite similar.”
Red Bull have still yet to get their new front wing assembly – which has been in development since pre-season testing – to pass crash structure tests, which means progress on the aero front is still on hold. However both drivers believe that the Power Unit has taken a significant direction towards becoming more drivable, after what has been a war of words between the soft drinks company and engine supplier Renault Sport F1.