Red Bull has switched back to its 2014 specification Brembo brakes for the Chinese Grand Prix to avoid the problems it encountered in Malaysia.
Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Daniil Kvyat came home a distant ninth and tenth in Sepang as they struggled with overheating brakes, and the team has moved back to its prior brake specification for this weekends race in Shanghai.
“We have done quite a bit,” Ricciardo told reporters on Thursday. “The main points from Malaysia were we had brake issues, a lot of overheating, so we have reverted back on a few things, even from last year which we knew was more efficient.
“Just because it’s from last year it doesn’t mean it’s not better, so I guess we have taken a step back in that direction, but on top of that we have some aero upgrades, which look promising.
“The team has done quite a lot to rectify some issues and get us further up the grid.”
Kvyat, who used Brembo brakes with Toro Rosso in 2014, does not expect the change to have a big impact.
“We had problems that were compromising our race quite a lot, to be honest… sometimes it happens,” the Russian said. “Hopefully this weekend it should run OK.
“They do feel different in how you press them, but there’s not a massive difference.
“Sometimes you get a little bit more deceleration in one place or another. But the concept of the brakes is quite similar.”
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