Red Bull had a positive Friday practice with the best time at Monza

Sebastian Vettel: “It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice."

Sebastian Vettel (First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:25.753, Laps: 26 / Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:24.453, Laps: 39): “It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9

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It will be close tomorrow in qualifying with quite a few cars separated by only a few hundredths of a second.

There are a few things we still need to do to optimise the car, as there are two or three corners where we are sliding more than we would like. It’s positive today, but it’s only a Friday.”

Mark Webber (First Practice Session: Position: 8, Best Time: 1:26.103, Laps: 27 / Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:25.076, Laps: 39): “We seem okay here, although it’s only Friday. We seemed good on Friday in Spa and then everyone was with us in P3. But, that said, the car feels good although we have some work to do to prepare for the race, so let’s see tomorrow.”

Changing Faces

The team is made up of many people behind the scenes working to make a race weekend as successful as possible. Following our announcement of a new driver for next year, we spoke to a member of the team who recently joined us, to find out what it’s actually like to change teams:

Welcome to IT engineer Nick Gibbs, who joined us just before the summer break.

“This is only my second event,” he says. “I joined from Force India, the team I came into F1 with two years ago. Regarding my role, the work is similar; there are cables to connect and systems to check. Obviously Infiniti Red Bull Racing is a bigger team and that has an impact on what you do.

There are a lot more people to get to know at the factory, which takes time. It’s not such a change in terms of working with the race team at the track, as that’s obviously a finite number so integrating has been pretty easy. The best way to describe it is that it feels familiar as the role is quite similar in many ways, but of course everything is done in a slightly different way.

Changing teams is more about learning about the culture and the way the new team does things, with the different schedules and procedures – it’s not just a different colour shirt! This was my first move within F1 and that’s been quite exciting and moving perks you up a bit too, simply by virtue of everything being bright, shiny and new.”

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing , Force India
Article type Practice report
Tags monza, red bull, vettel, webber