Exactly. Same last year with TR. They had much better top speed, because of lack of downforce. Renault would be stupid to miss the opportunity of gathering thousands of kilometers of data by giving RBR an old 2015 engine for testing.djos wrote:It's more likely that the Renault isn't generating enough down force. They've had no dev budget until the very end of last year.carisi2k wrote:Something I read on another site showed that the Red Bull top speed was only 322km/h vs the Renault F1 top speed of 332km/h. Is Red Bull making things worse by having too much down force? Only the McHonda was slower.
So imho the difference comes from a) downforce and b) (maybe) more consarvative engine settings.
Btw. AMUS top speed table show 325 km/h for RBR. They also have sector tops speeds: