Saturday 24 March 2012
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:37.338)
“It wasn’t too bad, we had a reasonable run. In Melbourne we were a bit stronger in the race than in qualifying and looking at the gap to pole today, it seems we are two or three tenths off, which is a step in the right direction. We will re-group and have a look at how we go tomorrow. We’ve made progress with the car from Melbourne though. It’s tight between the first four rows, there’s some very good performances going on from quite a few teams – it’s good for the fans.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 6th, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:37.320)
“We didn’t feel so good on the medium compound tyre, so we decided to go onto the harder tyre for the final lap, which was a step forward. I didn’t feel that good in the car and was struggling to find the balance, so I didn’t get everything out of it for one flying lap. There’s not been much time to react since Australia – only one week. The McLarens were strong in Australia and they are strong here, so they are the ones to beat. I think in race trim we might look a bit better, but nonetheless I think you can see that we don’t have the easiest car to drive, we are aware of that and are pushing very hard.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “Fourth and fifth on the grid after Kimi’s penalty is probably what we expected going into qualifying today. The McLarens have looked very strong all weekend. We elected to take a different approach with both drivers tomorrow, with Mark qualifying on the softer tyre and Sebastian on the harder tyre. Our long run pace has been encouraging throughout the weekend, so hopefully we can have a strong race tomorrow and put on a good show.”
(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “An interesting qualifying session today. We can see that it’s really tight, as we’ve got eight cars within four tenths of a second only, so I think we can’t give up on anything at all. We have to push in all directions and get even hundreths of a second where we can. The race will be interesting tomorrow, as Seb is going to start on the hard tyres while Mark is on medium tyres, so it will be interesting to see how we get on. Today I’m a bit disappointed of course, but it will be a hot race tomorrow, so many things can happen.”
RED BULL RACING REVEALED…
Racing in Formula One is a team effort and, as such, 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 to the final result?
THIS RACE: HYDRAULICS
People think that… the Hydraulics department people simply fit a seal, add oil and make it work
What they actually do… is manage the engine-drive heart and circulatory system of the car. Hydraulics converts driver input into mechanical movement via a system featuring hydraulic pressures of over 3000psi and using electro-hydraulic valves. That includes everything from gearshifts and power steering to the clutch and also DRS. Nine staff support all the races and tests, as well as helping out with engine tests at Renault’s Viry HQ. They also work with the rig group, the support team and the Running Showcar programme. If it has hydraulic fluid in it they take care of it and the entire system is designed, built and assembled in-house. All of the Hydraulics team’s staff have held trackside positions and between them they can boast 118 years’ experience!