“Nonsense. There’s nothing to it”
Luiz Razia insists he is not losing any sleep, despite coming tantalisingly close to realising his dream of racing in formula one this year.
In fact, he was even the subject of a Marussia media announcement and began testing his 2013 car recently in Spain, only to be let down by a crucial sponsor. “I will sleep tonight, knowing that the failure was circumstantial,” the 23-year-old Brazilian told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.
The new livery integrates Infiniti’s purple-hued branding with the team’s existing racing colours
The launch of Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 2013 car, the RB9, not only marked the unveiling of the car with which the team will defend its Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles, but it also ushered in a new era for the team. The car features a striking new livery that reflects the strengthened relationship between Red Bull Racing and premium automotive brand Infiniti.
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”.
Title protagonists Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have headed straight from Abu Dhabi to their respective driver simulators.
“It should be a relax day,” said Ferrari’s Spaniard Alonso on Facebook, “but change (of) plan, simulator session now.” Alonso finished second in Abu Dhabi, reducing his points deficit to Red Bull’s dominant title leader Sebastian Vettel to 10 points, with just Austin and Brazil now to go. “Alonso can still win,” former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told France’s RMC Sport.
“I’m very excited by the opportunity to work with Andrew Denford and the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge” – Steve Nevey
F1 in Schools™ has appointed former Red Bull Racing Business Development Manager, Steve Nevey, as Director of Business Development and Partnerships for this prestigious global educational initiative. Nevey has been charged with introducing new industry partnerships and expanding the sponsorship base for F1 in Schools.
The widely-reported ‘floor holes’ were not the only technical feature on Red Bull’s 2012 car to have caught the FIA’s attention recently.
The reigning world champions were told by F1′s governing body after Monaco that its floor design does not comply with a new directive issued by Charlie Whiting. But Auto Motor und Sport reports that the energy drink-owned team has had to make yet another modification.
“To predict our performance in Bahrain just a week after what happened in China would have been tricky” – Christian Horner
Red Bull has poured cold water on expectations the reigning back to back world champions could be set to resume their reign over formula one. After a victory drought spanning the opening three races of the 2012 season, Red Bull broke through with Sebastian Vettel’s familiar win-from-pole triumph in Bahrain last weekend.
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