Jun.24 (Grand Prix 247) With all the big teams, their main rivals, copying their trend setting exhaust system with derivatives to be seen this weekend at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Red Bull’s drivers are optimistic.
Mark Webber during autograph session in Valencia
As Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel prepare to do battle, their thoughts turn to the team’s recent form, the track, the competition, and er… the World Cup.
While many predicted we would struggle in Canada, which requires a similar set-up to Valencia, Webber observed that Red Bull’s display in Montreal was a good indicator of the team and the cars’ overall strength.
He said: “I wouldn’t pick it as a venue where we’re going to go and get an easy victory, because I don’t think the layout of the circuit is one that suits us so much. But, we surprised ourselves in Canada and were a bit more competitive than we thought we would be there. It was a tight group and we finished behind the main teams, McLaren and Ferrari, but we have a good chance to get good results here. Looking at the races after Valencia, I think we can be a bit stronger again.”
The RB6 will run the F-duct in Valencia
And his team-mate Vettel said that the team will be helped by the constantly evolving RB6. Vettel said: “The difference in Valencia will be that we will use the F-duct on Friday during practice in order to improve top speed on the straights. The fact that we were close to our competitors in Canada without the F-duct gives us hope.
“The gap to the top isn’t that big and I hope we can make a step forward in the Constructors’ as well as in the Drivers’ Championship this weekend.”
Predictably has clear cut World Cup favourites: “I hope that Germany will keep winning and get to the final!”
Vettel spoke about the Valencia and some tips on how to conquer the street circuit
Sebastian's race in 2009 ended with a blown engine
“My first impression last year was that you can’t compare Valencia to a normal street circuit like Monaco. It had new asphalt and was very, very flat, without the camber of a normal street circuit. It looked more like one of the other ‘new’ circuits like Bahrain. Like Bahrain with walls.
Friday morning practice is about getting an idea and building up your confidence. That’s how you start to work here. Obviously after that you try to go quickly and decide which way to go with the set-up.
The layout looks very, very fast and the setup makes it seem quite like Montreal, but the big difference is that there aren’t the hard, aggressive kerbs we see in Canada. That distinction is really important, knowing how hard to go over the kerbs might make the difference between a fast lap and a slow lap, or a good result and ending up in the wall.
Turn One is very, very fast and goes straight into Turn Two. There’s quite a lot of space on the outside and a good run-off at Turn Two – which is something you don’t see on a normal street circuit because of the buildings. The track in general is quite wide and there are good run-offs but it’s still a place where we might see a safety car.”