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Vettel OK with Webber re-signing with Red Bull

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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For now, I guess.

Sebastian Vettel says he would welcome Mark Webber re-signing with Red Bull as, while they aren’t “best friends”, they do work well together.

Webber has yet to commit his future to Red Bull Racing with rumours linking the Australian to a one-year deal with rivals Ferrari before hanging up his helmet at the end of 2013.

But for now Webber is not even hinting at where his future may lie despite his team boss Christian Horner saying he expects when the time comes the Aussie will agree a one-year extension with Red Bull.

And Horner isn’t the only member of Red Bull who wants Webber to stay on.

“I can understand why people are thinking that there is a problem between Mark and myself,” his team-mate Sebastian Vettel told Autosport.

“Yes, we might not be best friends, but I have no problem with him and he has no problem with me.

“We work well together and we are both trying to pull the team in the same direction. We have a similar view for the car, it’s not as if one likes the set-up in the opposite way to the other.”

“I think that is helping us, and so far it is…”

Sebastian Vettel sees himself staying with Red Bull

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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I say, he better.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel reveals that he can’t imagine leaving Red Bull, even after his current deal expires in 2014. Vettel has been consistently linked with a move to Ferrari even before the 2012 F1 season began, but having joined Red Bull from their sister team Toro Rosso in 2009, the German insists he feels completely at home with the British outfit.

“I’ve been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career. It is difficult to imagine another kind of life if you are so used to it,” Sebastian Vettel told Autosport. “It would be like when you turn 18, 19 and move out of your family’s home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don’t want to move on to anywhere else.”

While Vettel thoroughly dominated the 2011 season, claiming 11 victories and 17 podiums from 19 races, he has only managed one win thus far this year for Red Bull, with six different drivers crossing the finish line first in the opening six races.

This supposed gluttony of winners has caused some to criticise the current running, suggesting that the inconsistency will turn fans away from the sport. However, the 24-year-old disagrees.

“If you look back ten years, there was heavy criticism of a boring F1 because of…”

Sebastian Vettel confident Red Bull will bounce back

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

They better.

It has not been the best of starts for Red Bull this 2012 F1 season. Still, Sebastian Vettel is adamant Red Bull will bounce back from their early season woes having failed to win either of the opening two races.

Having dominated last year’s Championship, early indications this season suggest that the pendulum is no longer swinging in the favour of Red Bull.

McLaren have been the team to beat on Saturday afternoons with Lewis Hamilton taking both pole positions while Vettel’s best grid slot has been a P5.

Sunday’s have also not panned out for the 24-year-old Sebastian Vettel who finished second in Australia and P11 in Malaysia, after which he became embroiled in a war-of-words with HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan. Vettel, though, is confident Red Bull can turn it around.

“After a few days off, I went back to the factory in Milton Keynes to work on the team and our car,” he wrote in his Red Bull blog.

“I admit, the first two races weren’t exactly perfect but they weren’t that bad either. We proved we can able to compete with the strongest teams and that’s very important.”

“When you get a mishap like the one I had in Malaysia…”

Red Bull unleashes new RB8 for the 2012 F1 Season

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

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Red Bull hopes their new baby will win them the title again this year.

Red Bull’s new-look RB8, which features a heavily revised exhaust, put in its first laps at Barcelona on Saturday with Mark Webber behind the wheel as we head towards the new 2012 F1 season.

Such is the difference in this car to the one that was out on track on Friday, the Red Bull opted to fly out a new chassis rather than attempt to fit all the new parts on the old one.

The car features a revised exhaust, similar to that of Sauber, as well as a new front wing to name just two notable differences.

“We’ve had our first glimpse of the new parts on the Red Bull and it’s effectively a completely new car,” technical analyst Gary Anderson told BBC Sport.

“The chassis is the same, I’m sure, but there’s a new front wing and a completely redesigned underfloor and coke-bottle area at the back.”

“The exhaust exits are fairly far forward but there is a down-feeding duct behind them and an inlet on the top of the floor. It seems they’re trying to get the exhaust flow down into that inlet to feed the diffuser.”

“The first impressions are that the Red Bull is a really nicely detailed…”

Red Bull bullshits Mark Webber again

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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Yikes.

And to think that the 2012 F1 season hasn’t even started yet.

Yes, Red Bull is, just like any other year, making public statements how they will give their No.2 driver, Mark Webber, equal opportunities to win the drivers’ championship with Sebastian Vettel.

Everybody knows Red Bull has been all about Sebastian Vettel, and that is proven further after the young German sensation won his second straight drivers’ championship last season.

This year, everybody is back in square one. And despite the fact that Sebastian Vettel has emerged, without a shadow of a doubt, to be the main guy in Red Bull, the team says Mark Webber will be given an equal opportunity to win his first world championship.

Webber led Red Bull’s charge in 2010 before losing out to Vettel at the final hurdle. It was to be the first of the German’s Drivers’ crowns as he stormed to victory last season becoming the sport’s youngest back-to-back World Champ.

In sharp contrast, Webber’s challenge went off the boil…

Can McLaren and Ferrari catch up to Red Bull

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgNobody can’t seem to catch up to the Bulls.

In case you haven’t been watching the 2011 F1 season, Red Bull has been all over the podium. Sure they miss out on the top of the podium here and there but they still get there anyway and nobody has figured out a way to keep them off it.

However, F1′s midfield teams believe it’s only a matter of time before McLaren and Ferrari catch Red Bull out on track.

Red Bull had a dominant start to the Championship with Sebastian Vettel winning five of the opening six races to take a commanding lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

But, in the last five races, Sebastian Vettel has claimed just one victory with McLaren triumphing on three occasions and Ferrari just once. And although Red Bull have stated on several occasions that they are still up at the front, Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn reckons it won’t be that way for much longer.

“It is impossible to predict what will happen from Spa-Francorchamps, but we saw that Ferrari and McLaren have been ahead in the last three grands prix and will continue to evolve,” Brawn said.

Renault’s MD Steve Nielsen agrees with Brawn, explaining that it’s the fact that McLaren and Ferrari were so far behind Red Bull that is giving them scope to catch their title rivals.

“The fact that Ferrari and McLaren have evolved in aerodynamics…”

Who will challenge Red Bull in the 2011 F1 British GP?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgWhich team will be closest to Red Bull this weekend?

If you’ve been living under a rock lately, Red Bull has been dominant as ever this 2011 F1 season. Heading to Silverstone, who would you take and bet on?

Ferrari held that accolade in Valencia last time out, but it was McLaren in Canada. Neither team has been able to put together a consistent challenge all season, but McLaren will no doubt pull out all the stops for their home race, and their drivers should be spurred on by the massive home support. Hamilton won the race in 2008, but Button is yet to win at home in F1.

Michael Schumacher is a three time winner at Silverstone, but has never won it in anything other than a Ferrari. Of course, the Northamptonshire circuit is also the venue where he broke his leg in 1999, and so Silverstone probably holds a lot of mixed emotions for the seven-time world champion. Mercedes are bringing more updates to this race as they look to continue their push towards the front.

Paul di Resta, who collected some very good results at the beginning of the season, finished behind his team-mate in Monaco and Europe, and has had a couple of visits to the stewards for some failed overtaking manoeuvres lately. He will be hoping to get back in the points this weekend, something that Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil has been managing recently.

Australia gains another representative in the F1 field this weekend as Red Bull rising star Daniel Ricciardo replaces Narain Karthikeyan at Hispania Racing. Up until now, Ricciardo had been test and reserve driver at Toro Rosso and taking part in the first Friday practice session at each race. This weekend he will be hoping to stay on the pace of new team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi as he looks to impress the likes of Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko.

With the new facilities in place, combined with the excellent…

Will Lewis Hamilton leave McLaren for Red Bull?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgFor now, Red Bull claims it ain’t true.

Red Bull Formula One boss Christian Horner has played down talk that Lewis Hamilton could join the team in the future, possibly in place of Mark Webber. Heh heh, can you just imagine what’s going on in Webber’s mind now, that the 2011 F1 season has only begun?

Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko said last week that with his aggression and speed, “Hamilton must always be a topic”. Mark Webber, who finished third in the 2010 drivers’ championship, is on a year-by-year contract with Red Bull, while current champion Sebastian Vettel has recently signed a contract extension until the end of 2014.

That explains all these rumors about Lewis Hamilton replacing Mark Webber in Red Bull.

Horner has told the BBC: ”If (Hamilton) wanted to drive for Red Bull, you couldn’t ignore a driver of his calibre.” “But I understand he has a multi-year contract with McLaren and I envisage he’ll be there for a while yet.”

Horner went on: ”Lewis is a wonderfully gifted driver. He’s obviously happy at McLaren. We’re very happy with the driver line-up we have. With any driver-team relationship there has to be a desire on both sides. That’s what makes the relationship with our current drivers work so well.”

”Sebastian has been with Red Bull since he was 12. But who knows? In the future you can never rule anything out, but there would have to be a strong desire on both sides to do something like that.”

”It’s difficult to see how you could have two drivers of Lewis’ and Sebastian’s calibre under one roof. There tends to be fireworks as we saw with Fernando Alonso and Lewis ( McLaren teammates in 2007).”

”We’re very happy with our current drivers. We’ll see how…”

Alonso: If Red Bull miss plane to Brazil, I’ll be champion

Friday, November 5th, 2010

seth-edward-oneal.jpgHe’s really wishing for that.

Two races remain in the 2010 F1 season and the race for the world championship title is on. The Korean GP opened things up with title leader Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel both failing to finish. Fernando Alonso won and took the championship lead.

With Brazil on November 7 and Abu Dhabi on November 14, the championship will be a shootout between Fernando Alonso (231 points), Mark Webber (220), Lewis Hamilton (210) and Sebastian Vettel (206).Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Poland’s Robert Kubica (Renault) and Hamilton’s teammate and compatriot Jenson Button rounded out the top five. Webber’s Red Bull teammate, German Sebastian Vettel, was seventh, 1.2secs behind the championship leader.

New championship leader Fernando Alonso believes Red Bull still has the advantage in the title race and is expecting the battle to go down to the wire at the final round in Abu Dhabi. Alonso rocketed to the top of the drivers’ championship after winning the Korean Grand Prix last weekend. Both Red Bulls retired, meaning Alonso now leads Mark Webber by 11 points, Lewis Hamilton by 21 and Sebastian Vettel by 25.

If Alonso wins the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix and Webber finishes lower than fifth then he will take the title, but the two-time world champion said he was not thinking about the math.

“Yes, that’s true – and if Red Bull miss their plane to Brazil, that’s another way to be champion,” he joked. “The odds remain in favour of Red Bull. In Korea I have only guaranteed to be fighting in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season.”

Alonso said he still needs more performance from his Ferrari to challenge…

Can Mark Webber and Red Bull keep their lead in F1?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I’m rooting for exactly that.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber blitzed to victory at a nail-biting finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take a four point lead in the driver’s championship heading to the mid season break of the 2010 F1 season. The Aussie took over from Lewis Hamilton after dominating Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

Sebastian Vettel, the guy who took the wings of Mark Webber, much to his dismay of course, maintained an early lead from pole position. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, was providing a tough challenge for Webber.

A few laps after the Australian took advantage of Vettel’s drive through penalty and held out for a pit stop as he built a lead over Alonso. The strategy ultimately paid dividends with the 33-year-old claiming the first place in Hungary. He is now atop the standings in the driver’s seat.

Alonso’s ferocious pursuit earned him second place, while Vettel finished third. Russian Vitaly Petrov finished 5th just behind Ferrari’s Felipe Massa – the best achievement for the Renault driver this season.

“It was a bit of a gift, but I’ve not had many of them, so I’ll take it. It’s an incredible day for us. It’s nice to have more points than anybody else, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves as there are some big events coming up,” Webber said.

Just 20 points now separate the top five drivers…



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