Red Bull principal Christian Horner says the team was seriously concerned that the gearbox on Daniel Ricciardo’s RB13 could expire midway through Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Ricciardo avoided opening-lap mayhem to slot in second behind Lewis Hamilton, but while Red Bull looked considerably faster than Mercedes for most of the weekend, the Australian couldn’t mount a victory challenge.
Horner revealed after the race that Red Bull feared Ricciardo would not even finish the race due to a gearbox problem.
Asked whether Ricciardo could have won if not for the gearbox problem, Horner said: “We certainly could have been closer and put a bit more pressure on.”
“But it’s very different conditions today – with the rain, the rubber being gone, it’s cooler than Friday, they were all factors.”
Ricciardo insisted having to manage the gearbox did not play a major role in the outcome, and he was disappointed that Red Bull’s early weekend form did not continue into the race.
Red Bull had already been a long-term sponsor in Formula One racing before formally entering as a works team following the acquisition of Jaguar in November 2004.More
Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s F1advisor has made a call for the purchase and securement of the supply of a cheap, noisy and simple independent engine for teams.
Calling on the sport, he stated that without that, the future of the team on the grid is never a secure one.
On several occasions, Redbull has called for the introduction of an independent engine to the F1 especially as the team continued in several struggles through 2015 with Renault, its power unit partner. As a result, Redbull, a four-time champion team has threatened to quit.
In a bid see the sport’s engine formula go beyond 2020, F1 chiefs are currently working on a few plans. Key interests being looked at includes an increase in noise for the specification to be used in 2021 as well asa fall in costs.
Marko, in a statement made to the official F1 website maintained that a crucial key to the future of the sports and that of the Redbull racing team rests on the introduction of an independent engine supply.More
Red Bull team came under scrutiny when the test runs were held recently in the winter months, many stating that the team and their cars did not seem to have enough steam in them.
However, as Mark Webber commented, that should not indicate the team’s level of preparations for the upcoming season. As he stated as an ex driver of the team, only when the grandstands are full does the team put on their best performance.
With Ricciardo set to play a pivotal role for the team in the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, he has been questioned recently about the techniques he adapts to train himself for the upcoming race. Many are in awe of the well-muscled Daniel Ricciardo and he is known for the four minute long breathe exercises that he does before the start of any race.
Redbull champion Marc Marquez has shown his adventurous and wild side as he rode his RC213V up a ski slope.
The magnificent machine came fully accessorized with 483 metal spikes on its tires for a better grip enabling the drive train overcome even the most daunting terrains.
Well, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise as awesomeness is exactly what you expect when you combine, the might of MotoGp champion Marquez, the might of redbull, a ski slope and his Honda RC213V.
The resulting feat was a tremendously talented driver cruising his 260 hp beast through the difficult snow and ascending one of the most feared slopes in the world of skiing.
Marquez who had been preparing for the attempt was assisted during his preparation by Franky Zorn, an Austrian ice speedway legend who had fitted the 483 huge spikes to the RC213V’s tires. Marquez seemed to be very enthusiastic for the attempt as he admitted that it was going to be difficult to move up the slope but that was the fun of it!More
Despite a mistake by Max Verstappen, Red Bull driver, the Team Principal of the England based squad, Christian Horner remains positive about the outcome of the qualifying after they had to settle for the sixth place on the grid.
A stunning lap by Daniel Ricciardo, fellow Red Bull team mate as the chequered flag fell, was enough to hand him the third place on the grid. The final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday would see the duo starting out on the Supersoft tyre, instead of the Ultrasoft that others within the top ten would be starting with.
“A great final lap by Daniel to find that half a tenth to move himself ahead of Kimi to get the best seat for tomorrow’s start,”
“It was a shame for Max because he was up on his lap but when he arrived at turn 11 he just lost the front axle and therefore the time that he had found was gone.
“Nonetheless starting third and sixth on the grid here for what’s bound to be an exciting start tomorrow is not a bad place to be.”More
For those who have been following the Red Bull racing team would see that their performances have been on the high.
It is a Formula One racing team that is based out of Milton Keynes in England. It is an Austrian team, one of the two teams that are owned by Red Bull, the beverage company. The other team that they own is Scuderia Toro Rosso. The team has won four consecutive titles in the Constructors’ Championship, which were in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. They are the first licensed team from Austria, who has won the title. Sebastian Vettel has been world champion quadruple times based on the company in the same years. More
With F1 participants trying hard to impress their drivers the Red Bull is not to be left behind either.
Hamilton has been reviewing the aero screen feature that has been added to the new race vehicle by Red Bull. It is supposed to enhance protection. Lewis Hamilton, however, would have liked the canopy design to be otherwise.
Fitments are coming forth. Red Bull fitted the screen to Daniel Ricciardo’s vehicle RB12. The fitment happened on Thursday. The trial of the vehicles with the screen will take place when practice begins on Friday for the Russian Grand Prix. Many do feel that the halo designed by Ferrari is not as good as the Red Bull’s screen. Hamilton, however, would have liked the design to be different. He feels that the cockpit needs to have an opening like that of a fighter jet in such case. Of course, Hamilton comes from the stable of Mercedes and hence, his critical review is expected. His feelings are that, the shield is like a riot shield that distorts the overall suave look of the Formula 1 vehicle. From other angles the vehicle has a cool look and the shield made of carbon fiber is definitely impressive. However, looks wise, it is cumbersome and would probably deter a rider’s ability to get out of a crash if it occurs. Fernando would be driving the vehicle and Hamilton was concerned about the convenience that the shield would provide him.More