Red Bull Chinese GP - Shanghai preview

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Red Bull Racing notice board GP China 2012

Sebastian Vettel

“The track in China is unique due to its size. The broad track leaves enough space for overtaking moves and there are ver y big run off areas – even the usually tight pit areas in Shanghai have a lot of space. I’ve had some good races there in the past, we got a great result in 2009 when we took the team’s first win and in 2011, when we were second. Hopefully we can get a strong finish and some more points.”

“I had a very special day, a day that only the English can have.

Adrian Newey

Mark Webber

“Shanghai is a track that has been pretty good to me in the past. I’m yet to notch up my first victor y, but I’ve had some memorable podiums there, notably the extreme wet race in 2009 and my third place from 18th on the grid. I expect this year’s race to be as exciting, but clearly I’m looking to start in a much better position. It’s generally cool, so it’s very dif ferent to Malaysia. It’s going to be interesting to see how the long straight will affect people’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of top speeds; the flow of the rest of the circuit is something that I really enjoy.”

Did you see this?

Adrian Newey was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to motorsport by Her Royal Highness The Queen on Tuesday last week! Doesn’t he cut a dashing figure in his suit...

“I had a very special day, a day that only the English can have. I went to Windsor castle and was lucky enough to have the Queen give me my OBE. It was absolutely amazing, she is a phenomenal woman. We did have a quick chat when she handed the medal over.”

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

RB8 Update

Adrian Newey Chief Technical Officer: “We have shown good race pace, but we know we need to make a step in qualifying. In order to evaluate our most recent upgrades, we will run two different specifications of the RB8 in China on Friday. Based on feedback and preference shown by both drivers, Mark will test an updated evolution of the set-up used for the Malaysian GP, while Sebastian will run a pre-season specification. We will then compare the results.”

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Newey
Teams Red Bull Racing
Tags horner, newey, red bull, renault, vettel, webber