Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Friday 27 July 2012


Car 1, Sebastian Vettel

“There’s still a lot of room for improvement and things that we need to do a bit better for the weekend – then we can see where we are. We got a decent run on the primes which was important and we learned things from that, but it looks tight. Unfortunately the weather caught us out, same as everyone, but we will see what we get tomorrow.”

Car 2, Mark Webber

“We got some running in the wet and the dry, but we’ve got work to do. I’m not super happy with that today, but it’s good that it’s only Friday. We seem to be going okay in some places, but losing time in others – so we’ll go through it tonight. I need to work on the balance. There’s no change from the engine mapping amend.”


First Practice Session

Position: 15, Best Time: 1:24.608, Laps: 25

Second Practice Session    

Position: 8, Best Time: 1:22.824, Laps: 18


First Practice Session

Position: 13, Best Time: 1:24.1546, Laps: 24

Second Practice Session    

Position: 14, Best Time: 1:23.814, Laps: 17


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: Electronics

People think: that they solder a few wires together, make sure the lights are on in the garage and keep the cars’ batteries charged up.

What they actually do is: take care of every electronic component on the car, as well as in the garage, as Head of Trackside Electronics, Gill Jones explains: ”We design, build, manufacture, inspect, test and supply all the electronic parts of the car. We do outsource a few things, but even then we design it, get it built outside and when it’s brought back we inspect it and bench test it. And like the car, we have to build up all the electronic elements for each race as well. It’s not fixed, as there are constant changes throughout the year as updates arrive and as different test measurements need to be taken, so we have to constantly alter the routings and also design means of measurement. Pretty much everything on the car has some level of electronics on it. I think only the engine cover doesn’t. It’s not just the car the Electronics Department look after either. They also take care of a lot of garage systems, from building and running KERS, to running the telemetry systems and also the radio and intercom packages.