“The better the car, the worse shape you’re in.” – Sebastian Vettel
Fernando Alonso has accused Red Bull of making heavy work of its recent successes.
The perception in the paddock is that Spaniard Alonso has been punching above his weight with a less than competitive Ferrari, while Sebastian Vettel raced to the last three championships at the wheel of his Adrian Newey-penned car.
Ferrari insists it is happy with its technical structure, despite not having a high-profile figure like Adrian Newey in the limelight.
“The goal,” said the Italian team’s Greek designer Nicholas Tombazis, “is to combine respect with victory, which is what we have failed to do in recent years.” Indeed, in the wake of Kimi Raikkonen’s title for the Maranello marque in 2007, the coveted drivers’ championships have subsequently gone to McLaren, Brawn, and then Red Bull, whose technical head Newey is widely proclaimed a ‘genius’.
It is “ridiculous” that so many in formula one question the true ability of reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel.
That is the view of Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion turned television pundit for British broadcaster Sky. “I find it a bit ridiculous,” 52-year-old Hill, when asked about the widespread view that Vettel is not yet an all-time great, is quoted by Speed Week.
Romain Grosjean, denounced by Mark Webber last year as the ‘first lap nutcase’, insists he has changed for the better ahead of the 2013 season.
But 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve doesn’t think so. “The only reason he has the chance of winning is because he has an incredible car,” French Canadian Villeneuve, who has been signed up by F1′s new French broadcaster Canal+ for 2013, said.
Adrian Newey has revealed a secret of his success at Red Bull — the team lets him get on with the job of designing formula one cars in peace.
“For me, here it’s ideal,” he is quoted by Speed Week. “I want to manage as little as possible, and spend as much time as possible thinking about the car. “At Red Bull that’s fundamentally different than when I was with McLaren,” the Briton added.
Tongue in cheek, a German specialist publication has wondered if there is a Sauber spy in the house at world champions Red Bull.
After Swiss team Sauber surprised the world with its ultra-slim sidepods and a half-’stepped’ nose for its newly launched C32, Auto Motor und Sport’s Michael Schmidt noticed that Red Bull’s new RB9 – which broke cover on Sunday – “has the same characteristics”.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing today launched its 2013 challenger the RB9 at an event in Milton Keynes UK
Christian Horner was not at Maranello recently to discuss his or Adrian Newey’s possible switch to Ferrari.
When the Red Bull team boss was spotted at Ferrari’s fabled headquarters, it fired into action the speculative minds of the Italian and – in turn – the international press. Actually, according to German correspondent Michael Schmidt, also at Maranello for the very same meeting were Bernie Ecclestone, Martin Whitmarsh and Niki Lauda.
Rumours Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently visited Maranello emerged on Wednesday.
The German website motorsport-total.com reported leaks about the Briton’s secret Ferrari visit have been made to the Italian media. The report said Horner met with Ferrari’s head of human resources, Mario Mairano, probably last month.
Adrian Newey has confirmed reports an eleventh-hour ban by the FIA was a serious setback to Red Bull’s 2012 preparations.
It emerged in recent days that, just as the reigning champions were preparing to test debut the ultimately title-winning RB8, F1′s governing body banned Newey’s solution to the new blown exhaust clampdown.
Reigning champion Red Bull’s 2013 car might not be ready for the first pre-season test in early February.
We have already reported designer Adrian Newey’s admission that late development work to ensure the 2012 title somewhat delayed progress of the RB8′s successor. He said in an official Red Bull film that 2012 was “one of the toughest seasons I’ve been through”.
Sebastian Vettel has admitted his teammate Mark Webber initially had a better handle of Red Bull’s 2012 car.
Ultimately, on the way to collecting his third consecutive drivers’ title this year, German Vettel outscored Australian Webber by more than 100 points. And Webber won two grands prix in 2012, both in the first half of the season, compared to Vettel’s five.
Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber talk candidly about key moments from the team’s history 2005 – 2012.
Since Red Bull Racing’s first Formula One race in Australia 2005, the team has claimed three Formula One Constructors’ World Championships, while Sebastian Vettel has claimed three Drivers’ World Championships.
Sauber is the first team to announce publicly that its 2013 car is “ready” to test.
The Swiss team said the C32 “chassis and safety structures have passed” the mandatory FIA crash tests. The Ferrari-powered car is therefore “fully homologated and ready for winter testing”, which will kick off at Jerez in early February.
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