F1 » 24 November 2011
Red Bull expect an exciting Brazilian GP
Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber predict an exciting climax to this year's championship thanks to the combination of elements which make up the Brazilian GP
Red Bull arrive at this weekend's Brazilian GP, the scene of their maiden constructors' championship success from last year, expecting an exciting climax to the 2011 season.
The Milton Keynes-based team could be forgiven for laying back on their laurels, but this isn't the makeup of a team in which has so emphatically dominated this year's championship.
Their refusal to sit back was none the more evident last time out at Abu Dhabi in the shape of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Many drivers after a retirement would have simply got out of their overalls, carried out the obligatory interviews and headed for the airport.
Vettel, however, spent the remainder of the race dissecting the data on what potentially caused his fatal opening lap puncture while also making his presence felt on the pit wall to support the team.
The young German arrives at Sao Paulo looking to clinch his twelfth victory of the season with back to back victories at the Interlagos circuit. As ever the double world champion's attention to detail is ever evident.
"Brazil is going to be exciting because Interlagos is known for its passionate fans, anti-clockwise driving and the extreme altitude of the track," he said. "Sao Paulo is about 1000 metres above sea level, which costs us some power. The long left corners are a strain on our neck muscles because the track is anti-clockwise, which is opposite to normal. That's why Iusually do some special training before Sao Paulo to get my muscles used to it.
"One of the best overtaking places is in the first chicane, the so-called Senna S. It's perfect for braking as you can drive in the slipstream of the car in front, to be able to pass. One important thing is, if it rains, which is certainly possible in Sao Paulo, aquaplaning can be extreme here."
Team-mate Mark Webber has quite evidently endured one of more difficult seasons having not scored a victory thus far. The ever committed Aussie however looks to end his draught at Sao Paulo, a venue where the veteran has enjoyed previous success.
“Brazil is one of the best races of the year," he said. "It's a track which reminds me of Brands Hatch and the Formula Ford racing there because it's a like a bowl in terms of the atmosphere. The Brazilian people love their motorsport and are extremely passionate about it, obviously off the back of Piquet, Senna, Fittipaldi and Rubens – they've had some really great drivers.
"There are nice memories for me from Brazil. I've always done well there so I hope I can get a nice result, it would be a great way to end the season with a good last race."
by Simon Evans
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