F1 » Vettel extends Red Bull’s run

Sebastian Vettel takes pole for the European Grand Prix in Valencia

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USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 3:01 PM

It sure does look like the blown exhaust changes have completely screwed Red Bull up more than any other team....

A Red Bull front row.

It does look like the start will be very interesting though- Webber and Button both often have problems getting good starts and Hamilton and and Alonso should be vicious by the first corner!


June 25, 2011 3:39 PM

problem will be with lulu starting behind seb. he will try to follow seb ahead of webber, so we may see a repeat of montreal. and alonso will sail merrily up the outside. i hope whitmarsh reminds lulu that the race is not won at the first corner.
i anticipated a pole in the low 36s, but the re mapping put paid to that. it is reckoned that 0.5 secs was the difference, so a low 36 would have been possible in the previous quali trim.

devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 4:48 PM

@over2u... lulu did try and piece up Vettel's rear tire last year, hence the broken wing that he took advantage of passing the safety car to change in his free pitstop gained by doing so. I wouldnt be surprised if we see a repeat of the tire poke attempt this year, given the last 2 races.
Just waiting for lulu to really put his foot in it so the FIA can cleanly and clearly throw the book at him and be done with it.

devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 4:54 PM

also not surprised in the least that the RB7 isnt suddenly behind the mclarens, and given they no longer run a different quali and race map, mclaren no longer has the "well we are always faster in race trim than RBR"... you qualified in race trim and you were almost .5 seconds slower... good luck tomorrow.

The redbull advantage most likely came from not having to run with so much fuel to run the hot diffuser, now they take advantage of the Renault V8 being so much more efficient than the merc (25% I have heard) to run light, brilliant really. When the FIA kills cold blowing in silverstone I dont see much of a change either, and it will certainly be even more uniform across the board. Since everyone reaps a pretty similar gain from that.

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