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Adrian Newey: Red Bull Era – the end is nigh?
With Sebastian Vettel on the verge of packing up his fourth championship on the trot another monumental achievement almost goes unnoticed. With Williams (1992-1994, 1996-1997), McLaren (1998) and Red Bull (2010-2013) this years almost inevitable win of Red Bull in the constructors championship will be the 10th such title for a Newey designed car. And when Vettel closes the lid on the drivers championship it will be the 10th drivers title delivered in a Newey design, too.
Newey, already admitted to the Olymp of car designers, sees his time at Red Bull as his biggest achievement. In an Interview with The Guardian he said: “To get involved with Red Bull more or less from the start, and be involved with how we develop the team, gives me a paternal feeling. It’s been a great journey, taking the team from the ashes of Jaguar to where it is today, as the new kids on the block. We’ve managed to do something.”
But the Brit also knows that no dominance is destined to last forever. “The one thing you can definitely say is that history dictates that no one team retains dominance for a really long period. Even the Ferrari dominance lasted for five seasons. So statistics are starting to build against us.”
With yet another pole position for the lemonade mobiles, Renault extends its recently concquered lead over Ferrari as the engine manufacturer with the most pole positions. Renault were the ones, who brought in the first Turbo era in F1 in the late 70s. How will they fare next year? Will the Red Empire strike back or will they both be obliterated by the Dark Teutonic Force? Questions over Questions…
One ‘record’ that is almost inevitable to be broken in today’s race is Vettel’s distinction of being the only driver to ever had led an Indian Grandprix. While he cleaned the fridge in 2011 with the first Grand Chelem of his career and also lead each and every lap in 2012, the ultra short-lived option tyres and his own team mate starting from fourth on primes will mean that Webber almost inevitably will take the lead off the German’s hands early in the race. The only real question is whether or not Mark will muck up the start again, in which case it could be Alonso, who’s scoring his first lead laps in the Indian smog.
Pirelli scores first win in tyre testing debate
Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera recently threatened to pull the emergency brakes on Pirelli’s involvement in #F1 should the teams keep up their less than cooperative attitude towards additional tyre tests. While some were all too eager to acquiesce during the season, none of the teams were lining up for end-of-season tests, when they cannot gain anything from it for themselves.
McLaren has now announced that they will provide Pirelli with a 2011 MP4-26 for tyre testing in Italy in November. The only other top team that could do the same is Lotus as Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari have already used up their 1000km of tyre testing this year, so any additional help will have to come from them or any of the midfield teams.
In an interview with German tabloid Bild the good doctor reveals his utterly skewed priorities. During his flight to India he didn’t quite notice that the vertically challenged Lady in the one of the other posh 1st class seats was none other than Hollywood diva Demi Moore. “I didn’t really recognize her – she’s so short. Suddenly there’s this Lady in beige underwear donning her pajamas.”
Unaware of who the cute dwarf in the other seat really is, he decided to close an eye and have a nap. But when Mrs. Moore ordered two cans of Red Bull for her journey to a meeting with the Dalai Lama, the Austrian couldn’t hold it any longer and approached her.
That’s cute doc. Demi Moore in her undies doesn’t do it for you, but two cans of fizzy drinks? Now there’s a man devoted to his employer. Thanks for the giggle, doc.
Fernando and the most useless record ever
You know a driver is desperate for something to take home after years of defeat, if he starts making up achievements that don’t exist. One of the more embarrassing sights in recent history is Fernando’s new helmet, sporting a big 1.571 announcing this as a new world record as it is 5 more than the former greatest of all times had scored.
Someone in the Alonso management should have done the maths before coming out with a bold statement like that. Until 1961 the winner scored 8 points, that’s the same as one gets these days for a lowly sixth place finish. Until 1991 the winner got 9 points and until the introduction of today’s Waldorff school system in 2010 the winner got a grand total of 10 points. You get that for a 5th place today.
Recalculating the points tables to today’s system reveals, that poor Fernando isn’t even second in that list. But don’t despair, little Samurai, you don’t even need to scratch out the big number. It’s pretty much the amount of points you have to score to catch Schumacher.
Motorsport Total did a recalculation of historic races to today’s points scheme
|8||Nelson Piquet sen.||BRA||1.684|
|15||Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda||AUT||1.343|
Sebastian Vettel – the most useless mechanic ever
After securing the pole position in India, Seb Vettel almost forgot to wag his infamous finger, because he was too busy grabbing a portable air blower from one of his mechanics to cool his breaks after he parked his steed in the parc fermé.
“Seb just likes to take care of his car,” a grinning Horner quipped in an interview with German broadcaster RTL. According to the RB chief that was neccessary, because Vettel had abandoned his second run and gone straight back into the pits and parc fermé. Without a cool down lap the breaks were prone to overheating.
There is one problem with the TLC for Seb’s car. “He blew the air at the break from the wrong direction,” Horner says.