Willy Rampf, Technical Director "We learned a lot about racing on the F1 track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. We now have the basic data such as gear ratios, suspension settings and aerodynamic configuration well worked out. We are...
Willy Rampf, Technical Director
"We learned a lot about racing on the F1 track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. We now have the basic data such as gear ratios, suspension settings and aerodynamic configuration well worked out. We are also now familiar with the surface of the track. It's a medium to low downforce circuit; you need plenty of grip in the twisting infield section, but you don't want any more drag than you have to have as part of your downforce setting on the important run through the banked final corner and all the way down the long pit straight. The tight right, left, right corner at the end of that also demands very good stability under braking if the drivers are to have a chance of overtaking going into the first corner.
Last year we found that the banked corner did not present any problems at all; the drivers loved it because it was flat-out with high G loads. Then banked corner comes in the middle of the longest full-throttle run of any of the circuits that we raced on. It's even longer than Monza. So once again there will also be a premium on engine performance and reliability."
"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a lot of history and last year's race went well. The RED BULL SAUBER PETRONAS C20 is good on all types of track, and I am sure we will be very competitive again this weekend."
"I'm really looking forward to racing in America for the first time in my career. From what I have seen of the circuit, it should suit our car well and I will be looking for more World Championship points."