Red Bull Spanish GP Friday report

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

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Car 1, Sebastian Vettel
“It wasn’t too bad today – there’s a lot of stuff for us to go through. We had a few new parts to try, which is not that unusual for Barcelona. I’m pretty happy; we did a lot of laps and got through the programme well. The wind played a role today, you could see some cars going off the track and the asphalt temperatures can go high here which makes the car slide. It’s similar here to last year and it’s likely we will see a few stops on Sunday during the race.”

Car 2, Mark Webber
“It takes a while to get in to the groove here with the balance. We saw at the end of P2 that you have to get everything together to get the lap time here. We’ll have more chances tomorrow to work on the short runs. We were trying a few things in those practice sessions and we’ll see what Adrian and the guys come up with for us tomorrow. I’m not sure how many pitstops there will be on Sunday, but it will be quite a few. The soft tyre is a nicer tyre to run on – but tyre strategy will be very important here.”

First Practice Session
Position: 2, Best Time: 1:24.808, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session
Position: 2, Best Time: 1:23.563, Laps: 38

First Practice Session
Position: 13, Best Time: 1:25.539, Laps: 23
Second Practice Session
Position: 7, Best Time 1:24.065, Laps: 34


Racing in Formula One is a team effort and the RB8 bears the signature of every department of Red Bull Racing, from reception to race track. But just how does each section of the factory contribute?

People think that: …they just check stuff over and cause delays when things are wrong. What they actually do: …is ensure that every item produced and manufactured conforms to the original design and is fit for purpose. This involves a variety of high tech tools designed to measure dimensional accuracy and structural integrity. The Quality Control department is also called in to investigate issues when elements of the car don’t work as well as they should, searching for possible reasons for failure or flawed functionality. As well as these checks the QC department also has to retain and archive information on all parts. The QC department has to liaise and interact with every department in the team in order to meet deadlines.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing
Tags barcelona, red bull, renault, vettel, webber