Red Bull’s radical changes to revive Whincup’s season
HOLDEN star Jamie Whincup has revealed Red Bull has gone all-out with radical changes to his car in a bid to revive his floundering season and put himself back in the championship fight.
While Supercars has ordered the dominant Ford Mustangs to change the aerodynamic package on their cars ahead of this week's round in Perth, Whincup was confident Triple Eight could turn its own form around to mount a fightback against their Ford rivals.
Whincup's 2019 campaign has taken a hit in the past two rounds at Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, slipping to ninth in the championship standings.
The seven-time Supercars champion said the team had spent the break searching for a solution to its lack of pace and balance issues ahead of the night races at Barbagallo Raceway.
"We have gone fairly radical with the changes to the car,'' Whincup said.
"We normally do small changes here and there, but we have done some big ones this weekend because of lack of pace at Phillip Island.
"We just didn't have a nice balance in the car at Phillip Island, in particular. Fingers crossed the cars are much more balanced (now) front to rear.
"It hasn't been a great start, we're not hiding behind that. But we're certainly confident that we can turn it around 100 per cent.
"It's not the first time that we've been in a hole, but we'll dig our way out of it for sure."
Whincup did not want to buy into the parity debate after DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing were last week told to make changes after data showed an aerodynamic advantage over the Holdens and Nissans.
"My comments are that the category are doing a good job to find parity between all three cars,'' he said.
"From what I can see, it's the most technical that they have been, ever, which is fantastic. But to be honest we are just focusing on our own job."
While he has three podiums this season, Whincup is yet to score a win this year with his teammate Shane van Gisbergen snagging Holden's only victory.
He trails series leader Scott McLaughlin by 379 points with van Gisbergen 256 points behind in fourth.
"Obviously I've slipped down (the order), I haven't looked, I've been too scared to look where I finished at,'' Whincup said.
"You need a fast car to move up the leaderboard and fingers crossed we've made some gains for this weekend.
"I see a massive challenge in front of us to improve the cars and the climb back to the top of the field is going to be a challenging one and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"Things can turn very quickly in motorsport. So it's not over till it's over, but we're a long way behind."