Friday 16 November 2012


Car 1, Sebastian Vettel

“It was slippery this morning and a bit like driving on ice. It wasn’t so easy, but we managed to get into a rhythm. We had a bit of a problem this afternoon and so couldn’t run as much as we wanted, but we got two good runs which is important for tomorrow and Sunday. I think there were a couple of surprises today in terms of pace, so we’ll see tomorrow. The track will constantly improve – it’s good that we are amongst the guys at the top, now we’ll try to improve the car to make sure we stay there.”

Car 2, Mark Webber

“It’s a pretty good track, it’s quick, especially the first sector which is quite full on, although sectors two and three are more traditional and similar to other tracks. It was very slippery to start with, which was quite frustrating probably for all of us, but in the end the track rubbered in pretty well and we got into a good rhythm. As with all new circuits, you’ve got to work out where you can prioritise your time and where to compromise. It’s got a bit of everything really, so it’s good.”



First Practice Session

Position: 1, Best Time: 1:38.125, Laps: 30

Second Practice Session

Position: 1, Best Time: 1:37.718, Laps: 17


First Practice Session

Position: 5, Best Time: 1:40.650, Laps: 30

Second Practice Session

Position: 2, Best Time: 1:38.475, Laps: 36


Racing in Formula One is truly a team effort and as such our championship challenge 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: Trackside IT

People think: They make sure the email works and err, install stuff on my laptop.

What they actually do is: Provide the network and servers for the telemetry to run on. They look after the flow of data back and forth from the team to the factory, and maintain all of the team’s computers and networks at the track. “We usually get to the track a couple of days before everyone else,” explains Trackside IT Infrastructure Engineer Olaf Janssen. “Here in Austin we arrived straight from Abu Dhabi, so we got here on Friday, had the weekend off and then began setting everything up on Monday. What that means is getting all the networks set up and the servers ready,” he adds. “That includes all the historical data, so that the engineers can see what happened at all the previous events at a circuit. Obviously, we didn’t have that here as it’s a new race but we do have all the simulation information available to them”. During the race weekend, the Trackside IT Department’s job is to manage the download and transmission of all the car data back to the factory in Milton Keynes, as well as the strategy information the team is working on. “I’m also responsible for the AT&T network which is something new for us this year and it works very well.”

It’s not just the race-related systems management Olaf’s department looks after, they also have to maintain all the team’s other networks and keep the team’s computers in good working order, not an easy task given the amount of use each one gets during a season. “We do the general upkeep from basic user issues to making sure everything runs properly,” says Olaf. “It’s an overall role. In the factory, the IT department is broken up into sections and you have people who do development and people who do infrastructure or user support. It isn’t like that for us. Here at the track we do all aspects.”