Friday 6 July 2012


Car 1, Sebastian Vettel

“If there’s too much standing water on track we can’t go out, as we aquaplane pretty quickly. I think Senna went off and it shows how quickly it can happen. It’s a real shame for the fans sitting in the grandstands waiting for the cars to come out. I feel for them. We got in a bit of running in the end, but for us it’s not so useful, as you can’t really try anything in these conditions. I think weather will be the most important factor in determining the rest of the weekend. Hopefully it gets a bit better tomorrow so we can get ready for qualifying.”

Car 2, Mark Webber

“It’s a real shame for the fans today. All the drivers and everyone in the teams are thinking of them because it wasn’t the best day for action, but obviously we have to have an eye on the tyres for the rest of the weekend. There’s a good chance we might need them, so we had to be careful with how many laps we did. You’ve got to take your hat off to the spectators and the support that they showed in absolutely awful conditions. I just really hope that a lot of them are back tomorrow because we have no choice but to get on with it then!”


First Practice Session

Position: 11, Best Time: 1:59.414, Laps: 11

Second Practice Session  

Position: 13, Best Time: 1:59.476, Laps: 10


First Practice Session

Position: 6, Best Time: 1:58.463, Laps: 7

Second Practice Session    

Position: 23, Best Time: no time, Laps: –


Racing in Formula One is truly 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? Here’s how…

This week: The Race Office

People think: they book the odd flight, locate team socks in the middle of Sao Paulo and have access to an endless supply of car passes.
What they actually do: is handle all the logistics of the race and support teams from the moment they leave the factory until they return. That means booking endless flights, hotel rooms and rental cars and fitting the right number of people in the right vehicles at the right times. They also look after any last-minute hand-baggage requirements. The Race Office also co-ordinates and packs all the Driver and Pit Crew technical kit and makes sure the drivers and team personnel have the correct team gear for any occasion. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty busy department. For the most part, things runs smoothly, though there are occasions when events conspire to outwit even these top logisticians. “The most difficult time we ever had was the 2010 Chinese GP, when everything was disrupted by the Icelandic ash cloud,” says Niamh Roberts. “It was very strange not to be able to do anything nor have solutions. We were still flying people out to Shanghai when it started, but the bigger challenge was getting personnel home. BBC News 24 was the only thing that could be heard in the Office for four days and our Blackberrys were seriously tested to the limit trying to reschedule everything, so the team could make it back in time to get on with working for the following race. Luckily, we managed to get it sorted.”