Red Bull: It was a day of tricky conditions to get the setup right

23 August, 2013

Team and drivers review the first day of free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Sebastian Vettel:

  • First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:55.636, Laps: 14
  • Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:49.331, Laps: 22

“We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look – Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it’s a lot colder here than Hungary, but that’s Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had.”

Mark Webber:

  • First Practice Session: Position: 19, Best Time: 1:58.929, Laps: 12
  • Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:40.390, Laps: 34

“It’s always tricky here to get the right set up for the whole lap, so we took the opportunity today to try some different ones. We’ll go through it tonight. We had a pretty good run today but there’s still some performance to find and we need to get the car a bit better balanced in certain conditions. Overall we got good information and it was good to have stable conditions this afternoon.”

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SPA TREATMENTS

This is undoubtedly one of F1’s great venues, a place where the incredible challenges of the circuit, and the conditions, provide all kinds of drama, from drivers pulling no punches when overtaking on track to drivers almost throwing a few in pitlane, as Mark and David respectively recall…

2011: Mark pulls off an incredible overtaking move on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge

Mark: “Unless you’ve been to Eau Rouge, you don’t see how steep it is on the run to it. We plummet downhill and then smash into the bottom of the corner. At that moment, I just had the momentum, I pulled to the left and thought, ‘yeah, I can make this work’. You’ll look back at that in years to come and think ‘that’s when you were at your peak, performing well, driving against the best and sometimes beating them’.“

1998 and DC feels the full force of Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari… and his anger

David: “After we collided in the rain, we drove back to the pits, Michael on three wheels and me with no rear wing and pulled into our respective garages. I got out of the car and Michael was already running down the pitlane. He came into the garage, I could see he was angry and was shouting ‘were you trying to f***ing kill me?’. There were two mechanics between me and him and I shouted back ‘you ran into the back of me’. The only trouble was I was still wearing my helmet, so he couldn’t hear me! As the two mechanics were there he couldn’t really get close, but I kept my helmet on just in case he fancied throwing a punch. If he had got close though, keeping the helmet on meant I could have given him a little Glasgow Kiss*.”
*Quaint Scottish slang for a head butt. (Red Bull)

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