Saturday, November 20, 2010

Red Bull Racing celebrate at Milton Keynes HQ 80hat

Adrian Newey with Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner  during at Red Bull Headquarters on November 16, 2010 in Milton Keynes, England.
Christian Horner, Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey and Mark Webber address the Milton Keynes Red Bull Racing staff
Nov.20 (Red Bull Racing) Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber got two long, sustained ovations when they arrived at the Red Bull Racing headquarters in Milton Keynes on the second leg of the celebratory home-coming tour.
Sebastian Vettel during at Red Bull Headquarters on November 16, 2010 in Milton Keynes, England.
Sebastian Vettel on the mike
Having visited Red Bull’s Salzburg HQ on Monday, the next day Vettel, Webber, Adrian Newey and Christian Horner were able to thank the wider team.
The race team had been away for more than two weeks and this was the first chance for the drivers to congratulate and celebrate with the 600 or so people who design and create the cars and establish the infrastructure which makes it all possible.
Newey thanked the team for the work they had put in, while reminding them that there are further challenges ahead: “After six years of hard work in Milton Keynes we have reached the target. The package was excellent: the drivers, team and cars worked well as a unit. For 2011 we need to further perfect this, in order to defend these Championships.”
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16:  New Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber give a birthday cake to team principal Christian Horner at Red Bull headquaters in Milton Keynes on November 16, 2010 in Milton Keynes, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Sebastian Vettel and Webber give a birthday cake to team principal Christian Horner
But the afternoon was about taking a moment to reflect on two world titles and the hard work which has gone into that success. Both Webber and Vettel paid tribute to the UK-based team.
Seb said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved – it’s a great moment for me and the whole team and I’m very happy with this team; we’re like a big family, everyone has fun and is dedicated to what they are doing. Only when it’s like this is it possible to achieve at such a high level.”
And while Mark was clearly disappointed, he was magnanimous. He recognised the incredible input and sacrifice all those who worked for the team had put in. He said: “The Constructors’ was very important for Red Bull and shows that this season has bound the team together. I just missed my personal target, but there were many highlights. It’s not always been easy for either Seb or me the year, but this is normal when you’re competing against each other at this level. At the end of the season, we are honestly able to show respect for each other’s performance, which is very important. Congratulations to Sebastian, he really deserves the title.”
Team boss Horner said: “I have to congratulate the whole team. We have overcome all the problems we experienced and pushed each other to the limit. We were able to keep top teams such as Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes in check and will work hard on keeping it that way in the future.”
That future is already starting for some of the team. The crew who are helping put Daniel Ricciardo on track in Abu Dhabi will be there for Sebastian on Friday as he begins the Pirelli test work for 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Red Bull 80hat

Sebastian Vettel - 2nd: "That wasn't bad, the car felt strong early afternoon, although tonight it was a bit different due to the conditions. All in all I was pretty happy, I think there is some lap time still to gain - so we will analyse things now and hopefully pick up some pace tomorrow. As expected, the McLaren was quick today, Ferrari is up there and the Renault isn't looking too bad either so we will see what we can do."
Mark Webber - 4th: "That was a good day; we had an engine change in between the two sessions, which was planned. It was the usual suspects up at the front today and Fernando, Seb and I were pretty much on similar times. The car is close to what we had in Brazil, it's hard to develop a car which is pretty solid already. It feels a bit like we're in Bahrain here in terms of the engineers' office and in the car it feels like a normal weekend, but obviously there's a lot more at stake – that's the only thing that's changed, but you can't try any harder."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ricciardo gets Red Bull test chance 80hat

Daniel Ricciardo will test for Red Bull in the sessions for young drivers at Abu Dhabi next week.
The Australian, who is their test and reserve driver, also drove for them in last year’s test.
He impressed by setting fastest time on the final day of last year’s test. He will drive for them on both days of the young drivers’ test.
Red Bull also confirmed Mark Webber will not be driving in the separate test on the 19th and 20th.
Sebastian Vettel will drive on both of the days when the teams get their first chance to use Pirelli tyres.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vettel should help Webber - Red Bull 80hat

Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey says Sebastian Vettel should do all he can to help Mark Webber become world Formula One champion on Sunday if the German finds himself out of contention.
Newey says that having won the constructors' title, Red Bull needs to try to add the drivers' championship at Yas Marina in the final round.
Webber is eight points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the standings, with Vettel 15 points back while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has a slight chance of winning the crown.
'We've always said we would leave the drivers to it. It's a drivers' championship, and that's how it should be,' Newey said.
'We would honestly like to win both (titles) if we possibly could, and if we're in a position where we can win the drivers', that is what we must do now.
'Ultimately, if one of the drivers is out of it, then I hope he would be magnanimous enough to help the other.'
Despite the tension between Webber and Vettel this season and accusations Red Bull has favoured Vettel, Newey feels the team has been even-handed with both drivers.
'They have pushed each other hard, which is good, a little bit too hard once or twice, but overall we're very happy,' he said.
Webber put a severe dent in his chances when he crashed out of the Korean Grand Prix and lost his points lead, but rebounded with a second place in Brazil.
However he now must win the race in Abu Dhabi and hope Alonso finishes worse than second to become the first Australian since Alan Jones in 1980 to win a world title.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Red Bull Romaniacs 2010 – Day 3 “Riders keep Pushing” 80hat

The second offroad raceday of the 7th edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs started dry and sunny for all riders — the heavy downpoors of the last days had finally stopped, and so the 165 competitors faced more comfortable temperatures and sunny conditions for most of the day. The Red Bull Romaniacs Rally 2010 will provide scenic, beautiful trails in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in Harghita, Romania. Participants of all classes enjoy this ultimate battle against themselves, in a race like no other, fraught with danger, pain and endurance. Das Red Bull Romaniacs zählt zu den härtesten Enduro-Rennen auf dem Planeten. Hier die Highlights des ersten Tages. 162 riders from 33 countries, who will come out on top…or alive?

Monday, November 8, 2010

In this post I am going to talk about THE X FACTOR. 80hat

I know, I know, but sometimes you need more than 140 characters to express your feelings. This survival performance by Katie was one of the most over-the-top, self-indulgent displays of hubris that I have ever had the dubious pleasure of witnessing. You practically beg the judges to not send you home, appear to forget the words, then say "sod it" and sit down on the floor. What the fuck? Someone should have given her a dummy to spit out, then the grotesque display would have been complete.

Matt, though. Oh my gosh, he is so lovely that I am unable to stop myself from grinning inanely whenever he is on stage. Sometimes, I get the feeling that both he and Rebecca, who is my second favourite, are far too good for the programme. Then I realise that I am over-thinking this too much.

On a different subject, I love all the photographs in this album, on the Red Bull Racing Facebook fan page. My favourite is the one of Eddie Jordan with the red bull hat on his head. I was pleased that RBR took the constructors' title yesterday. Although I have only been watching since the German Grand Prix, and what a race that was to start with, I feel quite sad that the F1 season is almost over.

To end this insightful entry, I have a question. One which I just cannot answer: what exactly are you meant to do with the apple stickers you get with iPods? Four iPods over the course of four and a half years, and I still don't know. Do you know what to do with them?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Red Bull claims Formula One constructors' championship 80hat

Sebastian Vettel has won the Brazilian Grand Prix to keep the Formula One title race alive and claim Red Bull’s constructors' championship victory at the same time.
The German, who started second on Sunday, took the lead at the first corner and cruised to victory at Interlagos.
Mark Webber of Red Bull was second, championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari third and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren fourth, which left the Formula One title race remains open until the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Alonso was the only driver who could have won the championship in Brazil, but his third-place finish was not enough. He has an eight-point lead over Webber now and a 15-point advantage over Vettel going into the season closing next weekend.
Meanwhile, the one-two finish at the Interlagos track gave Red Bull its first ever constructors' championship.