Mark Webber’s recent run of success hasn’t gone unnoticed especially by the very team that he drives for. With the Aussie leading this year’s F1 Drivers Championship standings, Red Bull Racing rewarded its 34-year old racing ace with a contract extension for the 2011 Formula One season.
Webber’s extension, coupled with team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s upstanding multi-year contract, means that Red Bull’s driver line-up for 2011 has pretty much been set in stone already. The extension also appeases growing concerns on whether Red Bull was planning on retaining Webber for next year amidst speculation that former Formula One world champion and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen would make his return to F1 with Red Bull.
We’re really happy for Webber for having his recent performances be rewarded by Red Bull. Sure, they have the best car in the entire F1 grid, but somebody still has to drive the thing, right? And, as of now, Mark Webber’s doing it over and above everyone else this year.
So congratulations, buddy, err, mate. You deserve it.
If you’re strolling the streets of New York, by now you should expect that anything can happen at any given time. Apparently, the people in Times Square didn’t seem to get the memo as they witnessed a NASCAR team conducting an actual pit stop right smack dab in he middle of the world famous landmark.
We’re guessing that the Red Bull Racing Team, which included driver Brian Vickers and a full assembly of the Red Bull mechanics and pit crew, didn’t get lost on its way to Michigan for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race so we’re venturing to say that this is some form of guerilla marketing destined for the internet, it lends a little support to Red Bull in the process. Judging from the stunned and baffled looks on the faces of the crowd while watching the team perform an actual tire change outside of the McDonald’s in Time Square, it’s safe to assume that they didn’t know what the heck was going on. Either way, advertising – be it or good or confusing – is still advertising, and the 20.6 second pitstop certainly made all those people in the area stand up and take notice. Whether that translates to more TV viewers in the New York area is an entirely different matter.
But what the heck, it worked didn’t it? How else do you explain the thousands of hits it has garnered on YouTube.
Today started the preparation for the 2008 season with a three-day testing session at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.
All the 11 teams are preparing for the next season, the engineers and drivers started to work on the key rule changes for next season - the banning of traction control and the obligatory use of a standard ECU to control their cars’ engine electronics.
Ferrari asked Michael Schumacher to help them with the preparation for the next season, the (...) > Full story
Indian GP2 driver Karun Chandhok is to test for Red Bull Racing when Formula One testing resumes at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in Spain later this month. Chandhok, 23 years old, from Madras, will be standing in for regular tester Sebastien Buemi, who is competing in the Macau Formula Three race.
“This really is a dream come true for me,” said Chandhok. “Ever since I was four years old I’ve dreamed of being behind the wheel of a Formula One car and this is a day that not (...) > Full story
After leaving from McLaren last week, Fernando Alonso hasn’t decided yet with which team he will sign for next season. Alonso wants a short contract, just for one year, thinking that if in 2009 he could have a better alternative like BMW or Ferrari he could be free to sign with one of them.
Alonso’s options for 2008 are Renault, Red Bull Racing and Toyota. Red Bull Racing and Toyota are willing to offer him a one year deal with options to renew, while Renault wants a two (...) > Full story
Team Red Bull made its debut in 2006 by purchasing Roger Penske’s old shop location in Mooresville, North Carolina. The Red Bull team bought several Dodge Chargers from Bill Davis Racing but with Bill Elliott and A.J. Allmendinger as the official driver they failed to qualify in all three attempts at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In the 2007 season the team failed to qualify for the 2007 Daytona. Allmendinger crashed with Robby Gordon on lap 24 (...) > Full story
Coulthard escaped without any injury when his car went on fire in today’s practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix. The driver continued the race despite the fire but he had to stop when the marshals surrounded the car to extinguish the flames. Later engineers found out that the problem was a fuel leak which damaged the electrical and wiring systems.
This weekend at Silverstone David Coulthard and Mark Webber will race their Red Bull Racing RB3s painted with 30,000 faces.Instead of the traditional corporate sponsorship and blue and red team colours, the bodywork of the two RB3s will be plastered with photographs of fans.The “Faces For Charity” initiative was announced at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix with the aim of raising money for Wings For Life, a charity that supports research into a cure for paralysis caused by back injuries. The (...) > Full story