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Anderson: Red Bull 'definitely not a happy camp'

29 March 2012


BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes Red Bull Racing have 'a lot of work to do' if they are to get back to winning ways.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has had a pretty mediocre start to F1 2012, bearing in mind this time last year, Sebastian Vettel had won in both Australia and Malaysia and the RB7 was the class of the field. Twelve months on and the squad appears to be on the backfoot in comparison to McLaren and Anderson doesn't think they are coping with it very well.

Indeed after Vettel's outburst at Sepang, the German called Narain Karthikeyan a 'cucumber' after their clash [see separate story - here], Anderson has been left pondering when the two-time World Champion will next spit out his dummy.

“Red Bull are definitely not a happy camp - that's clear from speaking to management at the team, and seeing Sebastian Vettel's display of emotion after the race in Malaysia,” Anderson said in his BBC F1 review after the opening two races.

“It is not the first time Vettel has betrayed that emotional side to his character when things have not been going his way.

“You could even see that frustration in him in Abu Dhabi last year when he got his puncture at the start - and that was one race out of a season he had dominated. So if he's going to react like that then, will he spit his dummy out when two or three races go wrong?

“All the way through the team, they are clearly not coping well with no longer being at the front. It may well be to do with the fact that two significant rule changes over the winter focused on areas that Red Bull had pioneered and were exploiting better than other teams. Exhaust-blown diffusers were banned, and load tests on front wings were stiffened up, preventing the edges of the wing dipping towards the track to improve downforce.

“In the last two years, Red Bull's big benefit was in having a car on which they did not have to do much work at a race meeting. But in Malaysia, for the first time ever, I saw them changing torsion bars, roll-bars, ride heights and so on.

“They are obviously still trying to find their feet with their new car - there were not many times during the race weekend in Malaysia when they looked like the real opposition. They clearly have a lot of work to do.”


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