Red Bull RB8 Technical Specifications and Launch Video

Hi Racers,

Sorry for the delay – here are the RB8’s technical specifications – ENJOY 🙂

Thanks to www.redbullracing.com of course.

Engine: Renault engine RS28 – 2012
Cylinders: 8
Capacity: 2400cc
Max rpm: 18,000rpm
Number of Valves: 32
Vee Angle: 90 degrees
Power Output: Not Disclosed
Engine construction: Cylinder block in cast aluminium
Engine management: FIA (MESL) standard control unit TAG310B
Oil: Total Group
Weight: FIA minimum weight of 95kg
  • Chasis

    Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member

  • Transmission

    Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally Mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation. AP Racing clutch

  • Suspension

    Front:  Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

    Rear: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

  • Brakes

    Brembo calipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads

  • Electronics

    FIA (MESL) standard control unit

  • Fuel

    Total Group

 

Wheels OZ Racing
Front: 12in x 13in diam.
Rear: 13.7in x 13in diam.
Tyres: Pirelli
Brakes: Brembo

 

Also, for your viewing enjoyment, here is the RB8 Launch video, complete with interviews.

 

 

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Mark Webber’s Merry Xmas Message

Hi Racers,

As always, Mark has posted a Merry Xmas message for his fans on his Youtube Channel ( AussieGrit ) from a nice secluded beach in sunny Australia 🙂

 

 

There are some other GREAT videos on his site – I especially like the video of him at the Festival of Speed in my home town of Perth – Here is it below.

 

 

Not long until Xmas now Racers!! – a little Card from our a Formula 1 team.

Vroom Vroom x

 

 

 

Milton Keynes Home Run – Champions Return

Hi Racers

Anyone lucky enough to get themselves over to Milton Keynes were in for a real treat, as the Red bull racing team and their drivers Seb Vettel & Mark Webber showcased their winning cars over the weekend.

There was a MASSIVE turn out of almost 60,000 fans who lined the streets to see their champion drivers return and celebrate their winning year in Formula 1.

Webber says of the event:

“It was something special to drive the car in Milton Keynes today in front of all the fans. The location was close to the factory and I live pretty locally too, so it was nice to give something back to the community. I know some of the roundabouts on the course from driving my road car, so it was something different to drive them in an F1 car! It was a nice atmosphere, the sun was shining and it was good for everyone to get close to the cars. It’s a great thing that Red Bull has done to say thank you to the fans.”

 

Vettel:

“It’s great to be here in Milton Keynes which is where the cars are built and everyone from the factory works. It’s nice to say thank you and to see all the fans from the area. It was good fun; we did some donuts and enjoyed ourselves out there. Thanks to all the fans that came today, we wanted to put on a great show, so I hope they enjoyed it. It’s a great way to finish the season.”

 

Christian Horner also joined the two Red Bull Drivers:

“To run an F1 car through the middle of Milton Keynes was fantastic, so many of our workforce are local and it’s great to see so many fans here. It’s flattering to have so many people turn out to celebrate what we have achieved. Without the fans, there’s no Formula One and no Red Bull, so it’s good to give something back and celebrate our double World Championship like this. I would like to say a huge thank you to Milton Keynes Council for what they have done for us. Closing the middle of the city on one if their busiest shopping days is highly appreciated, so a huge thank you to them for all their efforts.”

Check out the photos below, and also follow the link to see the video of Webber & Vettel revving it up for the crowd 🙂

http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Video/Milton-Keynes-Home-Run-021243135554224

 

Vettel & Webber at the Milton Keynes Home Run

Vettel & Webber

 

Webber burns the rubber in MK

Did you get yourself to MK and witness the action?

Id love to hear about it.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

 

 

Brazilian Grand Prix – The Final Stand

Mark wins the Brazilian Grand Prix

The relief for Webber, securing a win for the 2011 Season in Brazil

 

Hi Racers

Ok, Prepare yourself. This post will be ALL about Webber! YES! Our man secured his win of the season at the final stand in Brazil last night, and what a win it was. With gearbox issues plaguing many other drivers, Webber had none of it and at Lap 28, his team-mate Vettel ( with his own gearbox problem ) had no choice but to allow his Webber to pass and drive off into the distance to secure the win.

I can tell you, I was clapping, yelling and overall being a bit of a crazed fan as the final 10 laps approached and I started to relax and feel I could celebrate.

I’ve never given up on Webber, people bag him out, saying he’s obviously the Number 2 driver ( which, even I admit that he IS, after all everyone is 2nd best to Vettel, he is the champion at the moment ) but Webber is consistent, driven, skilled and humble. All things that make him an incredible Formula 1 Driver.

Vettel congratulates Webber on a flawless win in Brazil

Of course, following his win, there are the people out there who are already bringing up ridiculous conspiracy theories: “Vettel didn’t really have a gearbox problem, it was Red Bull’s way of letting Webber win a race for the season”. This is COMPLETE crap. I don’t quite understand how the man who has secured 3rd place in the drivers championship, is looked upon as a driver who is no good? And who actually NEEDS or would in fact WANT, a win handed to him. He can deliver when it really matters and when the scenario’s play into his hands, he takes the opportunity every time. The pit crew were amazing, his tactics were spot on and it was his race. Fair and Square.

Mark with his DHL Fastest Lap Trophy

Another award went Mark’s way this race weekend, securing the DHL Fastest Lap Award. Mark was the driver with the fastest lap at 6 ( at the time of the award, he nailed the fastest lap in Brazil as well ) of the circuits this year. Consistent is he 🙂

Other News – Hamilton retired with a gearbox problem. Senna & Schumacher had a scuffle ( with Senna penalised, bit harsh I thought ). Button streamed from 4th with a completely different tyre strategy to catch Alonso and pass him to secure his 2nd place in the Championship, and 3rd place in the race. Vettel nursed a gearbox problem. Blah Blah… WEBBER WON!!!

The Podium. Webber, Vettel, Button.

In all seriousness though, the Brazilian grand prix didn’t seem to deliver its usual “busy” race. No rain fell onto the track, and the front-runners went ahead in such form that it became quickly apparent that anyone behind the two Red bulls was fighting for a 3rd place, and nothing more. If there was anything to fill you in on, I would, but it was generally a pretty low maintenance race.

With this being the last race of the season, there is that sadness that for 3 months I’ll have serious withdrawals from the sound of the engines, but, as SOON as the final race of the season finishes, there is that awesome excitement for the start of the new season almost instantly.

The excitement is ten fold for me, as I will be heading over the Melbourne to watch the season opener, and to support my two favourite drivers, Webber & Button. I’m so hoping, that in his home race, Webber can have his first win for the season there.

All in all, this has been an incredible season, despite the fact that Vettel has dominated. We saw much more consistency from the McLaren’s and found that Red Bull were being challenged much more so than last year. Can it continue?

Ferrari werent far off, but certainly didn’t have the same pace as McLaren throughout the year.

Its time for me to say farewell for the Formula 1 Season, I will continue to blog in the upcoming months, as we see the new cars for the 2012 season emerge, as well as news of driver changes within teams and any other pressing news that needs to be mentioned.

Thanks for all your continued support throughout the F1 season, and I hope my posts bought you joy, information and excitement. Here’s to another year of it next year!

Until then,

Always Keep Racing,

Always Stay Safe and

Drive Fast 🙂

Oh, and keep supporting Webber!!!

Mark Webber - Brazilian Grand Prix

Vroom Vroom

 

Qualifying Review – Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi.

Hi Racers

I love Abu Dhabi. The twilight aspect of this race is incredible. Racing begins during daylight hours, and as dusk approaches, the flood lights take over and its twilight. The cars look incredible, the atmosphere peaks and it’s just an all round incredible track.

In the 3rd year of this track, the main talk was that it was crucial that Webber, Hamilton or Button could break Vettels stranglehold and gain some crucial points in order to try to secure their 2nd place in the world championship.

Qualifying was exciting. Although, there is an aspect that will be surely discussed, and perhaps a new rule put in place for next season. The fact that it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Q3 is a 6 car battle, rather than the 10 cars that are capable of battling out for top qualifying times.

This is mainly because the top 6, are always the usual suspects. Red Bull, McLaren & Ferrari, the other 2 teams, Mercedes and Force India, probably feel that there isn’t much point, and would therefor prefer to save a set of tyres for the race. Fair enough in theory, but it makes for a fairly unimpressive battle. It would be wonderful for the spectators to be able to watch 10 cars, out on track for 10 minutes, battling it out as it should be.

Anyhow, apart from that, the Qualifying was great. Hamilton has been on top form all weekend, and was set to push Vettel off the qualifying perch. Button wasnt far off his team mates pace and it looked set to be a McLaren 1, 2 start tomorrow.

HOWEVER, Vettel, known for his somehow magical way of pulling something out of the depths, manage to smash Hamilton’s incredible fast time at the very last-minute, and meant that Hamilton was pushed into 2nd place. With Button starting 3rd, and Webber 4th.

Webber had some serious pace all weekend, but just couldn’t compete with the McLaren to get up there. He constantly matched times, up until the last flying lap, where he just couldn’t find the extra time.

Webber is consistent at this track, I think he has a good chance of getting a podium, and of course, im wishing on bated breath that he can get a win. If not him, then I’d be happy with Button. If Hamilton happens to win, then I’ll just be glad it’s not Vettel 🙂

Top 3 in Qualifying. Vettel, Hamilton & Button

Here are the qualifying results for you:

1. Sebastian Vettel 1’38.481
Red Bull

2. Lewis Hamilton 1’38.622
McLaren

3. Jenson Button 1’38.631
McLaren

4. Mark Webber 1’38.858
Red Bull

5. Fernando Alonso 1’39.058
Ferrari

6. Felipe Massa 1’39.695
Ferrari

7. Nico Rosberg 1’39.773
Mercedes

8. Michael Schumacher 1’40.662
Mercedes

9. Adrian Sutil 1’40.768
Force India

10. Paul di Resta No time
Force India

Mansell & Vettel. Record Holders for 14 Pole Positions in a single season.

 

On another note, Vettel has matched Nigel Mansells Qualifying record, with 14 pole Positions in a single season! Now, that’s just annoying 😉

Well done to Vettel, it seems, he just cant be stopped….

Vettel admires Buttons "mo".

Special mention to Jenson Button, who is sporting a moustache for “Movember”” to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer. Can that man be any more awesome?

Lets hope with the start of a brand new season in 2012, we can start to see a fresh burst of confidence from the other drivers and get a nice battle going.

Enjoy the race tonight racers.

 

Until then,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maiden Voyage. Indian Grand Prix

Buddh International Circuit - India.

Hi Racers

I have to say, that the Buddh Indian Grand Prix circuit has made it into my top 3 favourite tracks. It’s an incredible race track with fast lines, super G force and a long, awesome straight, 2 DRS zones and just overall a very cool circuit to watch.

A minute's silence for those lost. Indian GP 2011

The FIA organised a minute’s silence at the beginning of the race to commemorate the loss of 2 great men in motorsport, Dan Wheldon from Indy and Marco Simocelli in MotoGP.

Vettel extended his total domination, with a clean sweep of the track. Fastest Lap and lead from pole, every lap, to secure the first ever win at the new circuit.

Obviously, there isn’t much to describe in terms of any kind of fight for 1st place. Button was in with a chance at a few stages of the race, but just had no answer for Vettel, who was just cruising away in 1st place.

Off the start line, Webber had a good start, but couldn’t hold off Button who overtook him on the 4th corner. Alonso had his usual good start, but Webber managed to keep him at bay – that was until he pitted for new tyres and lost out. The rest of the race for him was trying to catch up to Alonso, and he did put in a few solid attempts at passing, but it just wasnt to be.

The talk of the race was yet ANOTHER incident with Massa & Hamilton, where Hamilton attempted a pass on Massa on the outside line, as they came around the corner, Massa was ‘slightly’ ahead and turned into Hamilton. Personally, I felt that it was yet another far too aggressive attempt at a pass from Hamilton. The stewards didn’t agree, and Massa was handed a drive through penalty.

This will only end badly.

Following his drive through, Massa then had to re-enter the pits for repairs/tyres and following this he then broke his suspension on a kerb ( the same thing he did in Qualifying ) and bowed out of the race.

Massa & Hamilton would now be the drivers with the biggest rift in F1. After numerous scuffles throughout the season, any attempt for them to mend their relationship has gone out the window.

Massa talks about it here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula_one/15513318.stm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Button did a fantastic job throughout the race with no incidence and an overall flawless performance. He secured himself 2nd place.

Podium Fellas. Vettel, Button, Alonso. With Adrian Newey from Red Bull

The fight now is for 2nd in the drivers championship. There was talk throughout the week that Vettel would allow Mark to pass should he be given the opportunity to help his teammate secure the 2nd place spot for a Red Bull 1 – 2. Webber wouldn’t have a bar of it, saying that he hadn’t been given handouts in the last 17 years, so why start now. Too true Webber. He has always been the kind of racer to win and succeed on his own merits, and that is admirable.

Following India, McLaren have secured 2nd in the constructor’s championship – well done to them! A solid effort throughout the season.

Abu Dhabi is next on the calendar, and with only a few races left of the season, it’s going to be Button, Alonso & Webber fighting it out for the most points and to secure 2nd place in the championship. Will be a good fight 🙂

Heres a run down of the results from India:

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 60
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 60 8.433 8.433
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 24.301 15.868
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 60 25.529 1.228
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 60 65.421 39.892
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 66.851 1.430
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 60 84.183 17.332
8 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 lap 1 lap
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 59 1 lap 15.738
10 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 lap 2.590
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 59 1 lap 0.877
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 59 1 lap 11.671
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 59 1 lap 3.945
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 58 2 laps 1 lap
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 58 2 laps 14.962
16 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 laps 1 lap
17 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 57 3 laps 0.586
18 23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 57 3 laps 31.836
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 55 5 laps 2 laps
Not classified
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 32 28 laps 23 laps Suspension
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 36 laps 8 laps Engine
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 12 48 laps 12 laps Gearbox
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1 59 laps 11 laps Accident
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 0 60 laps 1 lap Accident

The fight for 2nd in the drivers championship looks like this :

Position Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 374
2 Jenson Button 240
3 Fernando Alonso 227
4 Mark Webber 221
5 Lewis Hamilton 202
6 Felipe Massa 98
7 Nico Rosberg 75
8 Michael Schumacher 70
9 Vitaly Petrov 36
10 Nick Heidfeld 34

 

On a light note. The internet is awash with Rowan Atikinsons awesome reaction to the collision of Hamilton & Massa. View below for your enjoyment 🙂

Until next time

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

Korea Results

Red Bull Racing enjoy their 2nd consecutive Constructors Championship

Hi Racers

Just incase you have been under a rock and havent gotten around to finding out the results for the Korean GP, here they are ( obviously, I would hope that you watched the race, so wouldn’t need to find the results)

1 – Vettel

2 – Hamilton

3 – Webber

4 – Button

5 – Alonso

6 – Massa

7 – Alguersuari

8 – Rosberg

9 – Buemi

10 – di Resta

Thanks to Red Bulls efforts, they secured their 2nd consecutive Constructors Championship. Well done!

See you in India

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom