F1 » Red Bull bosses unconcerned by blown exhaust ban

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner and the energy drinks-backed outfit's motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko both contend that the current F1 2011 pace-setters will not be the biggest losers from the upcoming off-throttle blown diffuser ban

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dave - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 11:18 AM

I am starting to believe the total opposite of everything these two say to the press.

Let us all hope it does hurt them in Quali, we need some good racing and a F1 WDC Championship, Webber is far off the mark and yet another easy unchallenged victory for Vettel is getting tedious.


June 23, 2011 11:45 AM

Neweys car will still have plenty off downforce , the cars of the other teams will find themselves still with an aero dissadvantage on normal circuits, monza being perhaps the only chance many of them have left to outpace the bulls.

oldtimer - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 11:56 AM

I'm sure all the teams will have seen this coming so I doubt that it will alter the pecking order very much, obviously the teams that don't have such a good system
might possibly gain a bit but I don't see them leapfrogging up the grid. Within a short period of time the best teams and Red Bull with Adrian Newry in particular
will claw back anything lost. The area of "tricky aerodynamics" is an expensive one for the teams and should be looked at if the teams are serious about keeping down costs. I know that's not very likely given that the best teams like to maintain the status quo with their very large budgets.

allanrst - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 12:45 PM

I hate it how everyone keeps beating down on red bull for winning and making it boring, its not them you need to be stressing at, its your own teams job to catch up to the bulls. Pretty pathetic that everyone else needs the fia to step in and peg the bulls back.


June 23, 2011 1:27 PM

Richard Christian is a Team Manager and Marko is a nuisance so I don't think it is a fair answer to a question.

It is not their place to have this knowledge and very much doubt if they have.

Engineers have their jobs/Mechanics have their jobs/Newey has his job and none fit into the job description of this pair.

Taz - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 1:36 PM


Fair point but Horner runs the team (very effectively) and the possible perfomance loss and workarounds would have surely been discussed with him indepth so he's not comign from a position of no knowledge. We'll see on Sunday.

Funkyj - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 1:37 PM

If the FIA didn't ban testing there wouldn't be one driver running away with the championship, and there wouldn't be any pressure to enforce these rules.

Technically though engine mapping to alter exhaust over the EBD is a driver altering the aero of the car, much the same as the f-duct so it should be banned, I think its lucky teams are still allowed to use it and that it hasn't been banned retrospectively.


June 23, 2011 1:40 PM

commodore. marko can be controversial at times, but in this case he has said nothing controersial. only saying what newe, seb and mark have already said. and as for christian, he is the boss of the team, and would have the authority and knowledge to speak about what he has been told by his engineers etc.
personally, i believe that there may be some teams that will suffer worse than red bull, and that red bull may now revert to full sized kers, so as to make up some of their loss.
anyway, enjoy the race. forecast is sun and 30 degrees c.

ps. you are aware that christian ran a successful team called arden motorsport, which morphed into red bull?

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