New Magneti Marelli Pro Superbike SuperPole Award
On paper, Sebastian Vettel is the overwhelming favourite to seal his third consecutive drivers’ crown this weekend in Brazil.
His 13-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso means he can steer his ultra-competitive Red Bull to just fourth place at Interlagos and still set off for his winter slumber with the title. “But Alonso still must win,” Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko is quoted by Speed Week. “He must take the risk. That’s the important thing.”
Red Bull is confident it has got to the bottom of its recent alternator problems.
The team has had several problems with the Magneti Marelli units supplied by engine partner Renault in 2012. But Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport says Renault recently reverted to a 2011-specification alternator that helped Sebastian Vettel to reliably win the last Suzuka and Singapore grands prix.
Magneti Marelli has hit back at Dietrich Mateschitz after the Red Bull mogul urged Renault to dump its Italian supplier of alternators.
The specific design of Red Bull’s RB8 could be the reason behind its Magneti Marelli/Renault alternator failures, according to a report.
With team owner Dietrich Mateschitz calling on engine supplier Renault to dump its alternator partner Magneti Marelli, the Kolner Express tabloid said Adrian Newey’s chassis design could be the real problem.
Team Lotus has struck a deal with its technology partner Red Bull to use a KERS system in formula one.
Malaysian Tony Fernandes’ small team is this year using the hydraulics system and gearbox run by the reigning championship-winning outfit in 2010. And Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that, next year, the green liveried team will take yet another step forward because its Red Bull parts will be the ones currently used on Adrian Newey’s dominant RB7.
A rule relating to KERS in formula one is “poorly written”, according to a supplier.
“There is a poorly written rule,” said Italian company Magneti Marelli’s motor sport director Roberto Dalla. The cost-saving rule stipulates that no more than EUR 1 million can be paid for the KERS unit supply, and then an additional 4 million on research and development.
Toro Rosso will use Ferrari’s KERS system in 2011
Helmut Marko has kept firing amid the war of words between 2010 championship rivals Red Bull and Ferrari. Marko recently likened Ferrari’s hiring of strategy boss Neil Martin as a move to poach Red Bull’s “spirit”, prompting Luca di Montezemolo’s retort that the Austrian team doesn’t “know how to behave as champions”.
Sauber is considering using a Magneti Marelli system next year, as is Red Bull
Magneti Marelli is reportedly offering a KERS system to formula one teams for a price of US $1 million per season. The Sesto San Giovanni-based company is a Fiat subsidiary and electronics specialist that was involved with Ferrari’s energy-recovery technology deployed in formula one last year.
Horner not ruling out gearbox change for Vettel
Red Bull will “probably” remain with Renault engine power into the 2011 season, team consultant Helmut Marko has revealed. Team principal Christian Horner said earlier this month that while “happy” with the French supplier, “the engine has maybe 20 or 30 horse power less” than the leading Mercedes unit.
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