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Video: Seb Vettel and Mark Webber Don't Know Their Cars That Well

Video: Seb Vettel and Mark Webber Don’t Know Their Cars That Well

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber spend inordinate amounts of time in their respective Formula 1 RB9 racecars that it’s hard to imagine them having trouble dressing up a bare model with all of its liveries.

But that’s exactly the predicament the duo found themselves in after the team decided to challenge them to put all of the RB9’s liveries in their proper places. To their credit, Vettel and Webber got a few of the liveries correct, but most of them ended up being either in the wrong place, the wrong direction, and in one case, the wrong order.

Maybe Red Bull technical director, Adrian Newey, was right in his assessment of the two upon seeing the mess Vettel and Webber did to the RB9’s carbon monococque body. "Stick to your day jobs," Newey said.

We’re not about to disagree with that.

Check out how Vettel and Webber did when tasked to dress up the RB9 with all of its sponsors’ liveries. It’ll make for a couple of good laughs that much we’re certain of.

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Video: Infiniti G37S vs. Gravity, Who Wins?

Video: Infiniti G37S vs. Gravity, Who Wins?

We are always coming across crazy videos of races of car vs. other various non-automotive things, like horses, cheetahs, fighter jets, etc. This latest one was set up by Infiniti and Red Bull, and it pitted the Infiniti G37S against the most natural thing on Earth, gravity. How exactly do you measure gravity? Well, you toss a man out of a helicopter at 3,500 feet with a parachute strapped to his back, of course.

The above video starts off with professional F1 driver, Mark Webber, and professional skydiver, Jon DeVore, learning each other’s trade – Jon behind the wheel of the Infiniti and Mark in a skydiving wind tunnel. After each one got a taste of how tough the other one’s sport is – both actually fared pretty well in the other’s sport – they decided a race was in order.

A helicopter lifted DeVore 3,500 feet in the air and he took a dive, as Webber raced around ICAR circuit and Mirabel airport. The race was amazingly close, considering the vast difference between the two modes of transportation, but from what we can tell, the Infiniti beat gravity by at least a few seconds. Of course, gravity had that pesky resistance created by the parachute holding it back. We are willing to bet that without that hunk of nylon slowing DeVore down, gravity would have won by a long shot. But, uh, yeah… That would be a tad bit dangerous.

Anywho, enjoy the above video. Our favorite part is watching each athlete try the other one’s sport. It’s simply amazing how these guys can just jump into something like that, having never done it before, and do well at it.

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2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco, this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

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Car Infographics: F1 Cars and Teams in 2012

Car Infographics: F1 Cars and Teams in 2012

We just love infographics because they are created to inform readers of different facts and figures on a particular topic. This infographic, however, takes that love to a whole new level by being the most complete and informative infographic we have ever seen. It breaks down the details of the 2012 F1 season, even going into the different cars and drivers.

Ever wonder what an F1 car consists of? Take a look at the very first section of this infographic. Want to know what kind of changes F1 drivers and teams had to prepare for in the 2012 season? This list goes into all of them, including the new nose height requirement of being 550mm above the base of the car to avoid a T-bone crash.

The rest of the infographic goes into the incredible precision driving on a Formula One cricuit, facts people may not know, details about the cars and drivers, and the entire race calendar, including preseason testing results at Jerez and Barcelona.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get more helpful information and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.

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Red Bull previews the 2011 Melbourne Grand Prix

Last year, Red Bull Racing took it upon themselves to preview each and every race of the 2010 Formula One calendar and, as luck would have it, that strategy paid off when the team eventually won both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships.

Okay, the two things don’t really have anything to do with each other, but for all we know, those guys are superstitious enough to not mess with a good thing.

So now that the 2011 F1 season is so close - it starts on Sunday March 27th -, the defending champs are at it again, releasing a preview video of the 2011 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.

It must be noted that even though Red Bull romped to both championships last season, their fortunes at last year’s race in Australia wasn’t as, shall we say, ’champagne-soaked’. While reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel did secure a pole position last year, his race was ultimately cut short after 25 laps due to mechanical failures. As for hometown hero Mark Webber, he had a mediocre 9th place finish in front of his fellow Oz.

How will Vettel, Webber, and the entire F1 grid fare this year? It’s anyone’s guess, really, but with the introduction of the KERS system and the new rear wings that are supposed to provide more overtaking opportunities, we’re willing to bet that the 2011 Formula One season will be as exciting and action-packed as any season we’ve seen in history.

Strap on your seatbelts, fellas! The 2011 Formula One season is just about here!

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Video: Mark Webber gives the low-down on the KERS system

Video: Mark Webber gives the low-down on the KERS system

The 2011 Formula One season was supposed to kick off last week in Bahrain, but because of increasing political tensions in the region, the Bahrain Grand Prix was moved to a later schedule, which then bumped the opening race of the season to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 27, 2011.

With the longer wait for the start of the season, Red Bull decided it was the best time to educate Formula One fans on some new technologies in place for the 2011 season, including the use of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) and the ability to adjust the car’s rear wing so as to reduce drag.

In this video, which serves as instructional more than anything else, Red Bull driver Mark Webber describes the benefits of using the KERS system within the race. Whether its an aggressive attempt at an overtake or a defensive tactic to keep a rival behind you, the KERS system provides an added boost of energy on the car’s engine, which in turn could spell the difference between being ahead and trailing the competition. The boost can be used in small doses or all at the same time, either at the start of the race where track position is paramount or in the middle of a heated battle with a rival.

Check out the video for a simple yet fascinating lesson on how the KERS system works in the high-tech and fast-paced world of Formula One.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Crash of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Crash of the Year

We admit, that when talking about car crashes, we probably shouldn’t have "best of" in the title, but some of the car crashes in 2010 have been unbelievable with the driver getting up and walking away as if they had finished the race instead of stopping short due to a rough and tumble escapade. Of course, some have also been devastating, with the driver not being as lucky.

This year was full of crashes. Toyota chief test driver, Hiromu Naruse, was killed in a Nurburgring accident while driving a Lexus LF-A, Heikki Kovalainen crashed into a Audi R8 LMS at the Race of Champions, and Mark Webber had a pretty serious accident in Valencia. The list goes on and on, with a number of supercar crashes at the hands of amateurs out for a good time.

We just didn’t feel right choosing the "best of" crash where somebody was seriously, or even fatally, hurt, so we opted to choose the crash based on the survival of the driver. This limits our choices a bit. In the end, what we were left with was the Mark Webber crash at Valencia (GP Europe 2010).

Going loop-de-loop in a race car going 186mph and casually discussing the accident just a few days later is good luck at its best. And that is why Mark Webber’s brush with death was our pick for crash of the year.

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Red Bull troops to Australia for the Australian Festival of Speed

Keeping up to the immense momentum they gathered at the conclusion of the 2010 Formula One season where they won both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championship, Red Bull Racing headed to Australia to attend the 2010 Australian Festival of Speed.

Showcasing the car that catapulted the team to the Mount Olympus of Formula One, the team treated those in attendance to an up close look at the workings of the team, as well as giving a show worthy of a championship racing team.

The event was attended by local hero Mark Webber – apparently, he’s an icon in that part of the world – and up-and-coming racer Danny Ricciardo, both of whom joined the team to meet and greet with the Australian folks.

In this video, Red Bull gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010 Australian Festival of Speed, complete with interviews featuring 2010 second runner-up Mark Webber, who took the time to reflect on the recently-concluded season and how far the team has come from being middle of the pack to being up on the suites.

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Vettel Could Help Webber Win Title

We know that journalists should be objective, but we honestly would love to see Mark Webber take the title this year and it seems like he might get some help from his Red Bull teammate.

Sebastian Vettel has come out and said that he would help Webber if there was no way he could take the Formula One driver’s championship himself. If Vettel were to win, all current championship leader Fernando Alonso would need to do is come fourth, but if Webber wins, Alonso needs second place.

"In my case, it is pretty straightforward - all I can do is optimize my result, ideally repeat the result we achieved today and then it depends where those two guys are," said Vettel to the BBC.

We’ve been talking about this subject for some time now, as to whether or not the Red Bulls should work together to help Webber take the title and it’s been clear that this may just happen. That being said, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that if only one driver had a chance to win the title, team orders might be used.

"Of course if we find ourselves in a situation where, on the last lap, the team and one of our drivers can win the world championship, the drivers will do whatever’s necessary to ensure as a team we achieve the best result," he said to the BBC.

Alonso has said that he is 100% confident, so we’ll see during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Video: Mark Webber previews the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The penultimate race of the 2010 Formula One season is going to be this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After that, the 2010 season concludes in Abu Dhabi the week after (November 12-14) at the Yas Marina racing circuit.

With both championships – Driver’s and Constructor’s – still to be decided, these last two races are shaping up to be one of the most hotly-anticipated races in recent Formula One history. Four drivers – Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel - and three teams – Red Bull, McLaren, and Ferrari – are all still in the fight for F1 supremacy, and the Brazilian GP and the Abu Dhabi GP will play hosts to a fittingly thrilling end to the 2010 F1 season.

That being said, Red Bull ace Mark Webber took to the team’s ever-reliable racing simulator to give the Yas Marina circuit a proper shakedown before the final race of the season. Given the magnitude of that race – and Brazil, for that matter – all the contenders have to be at their absolute best if they have any plans of being proclaimed the 2010 Driver’s champion. From the looks of things, the Red Bull driver – currently second to Alonso in the standings – looks ready to rumble in Abu Dhabi.

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Berger: Webber was hunting down rivals

Gerhard Berger has just accused Mark Webber of attempting to take out his championship rivals at the Korean Grand Prix during his wreck in the early part of the race.

At the time, Webber was leading the championship by 14 points, but he managed to clip the curb and spin his car into the wall. That’s not the end of the story, as his Red Bull skated back across the track, collecting Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Berger believes that Webber could have stomped on the brakes to avoid coming back across the track. A few laps earlier, Rosberg had passed Lewis Hamilton and had that not taken place, Webber would have hit the McLaren, a serious championship rival.

When asked if he thought the move was deliberate, Berger, who owned Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, said yes, it was very deliberate.

"It’s very obvious, you can see his wheels are not locked up. Perhaps he had a brake problem, but I don’t think so,” he said.

Red Bull team boss Horner responded: "As with every incident in Formula One, opinions will always be made without all the facts.

"Just to be absolutely clear - Mark’s intention was not to take out another driver after his crash and it’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise," he told the Telegraph.

Mark Webber has not commented on the story and we don’t think he will, but this wouldn’t have been the first time that a driver has attempted to take out a rival. Still, by the look of the accident, it didn’t seem like he was going after any of his fellow drivers.

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Video: Mark Webber introduces the Korean International Race Track

Video: Mark Webber introduces the Korean International Race Track

With the 2010Formula One season down to the last three races, you can be sure that the championship contenders are gearing up for the fight of their lives to be crowned the 2010 Driver’s Champion. The first of these three races will be held in Yeongam, South Korea for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

As has been the case for most of the year, Red Bull Racing has released a virtual drive-around of the newly built racetrack. This time around, season points leader Mark Webber provides the voice over as he describes the Yeongam race track straight for straight and turn for turn.

The race, which will cover 55 laps - each lap runs for 3.492 miles - and cover a total distance of 192.06 miles, is set for October 24 and is fixing to be a slobber-knocker among the championship contenders with five drivers still in contention heading to the last three races of the year.

This race in particular is expected to be riveting considering that the drivers will be going full throttle against each other on a track that nobody is fully familiar with yet. That factor alone should make the inaugural Korean Grand Prix one for the books.

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Vettel wins in Spain

Vettel wins in Spain

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are back on top of the world after qualifying on pole and winning the European Grand Prix. Things didn’t go so well for his teammate though.

Vettel and Webber had been on pole for nearly every single race except for Canada, which Lewis Hamilton won last week.

Yet, the young German dominated the final qualifying session and then proceeded to dominate the quite dull race, winning for just the second time this season.

His teammate Mark Webber came in last after a horrific wreck saw his Red Bull take off into the air after colliding with the rear of a Lotus. On top of that, nine cars are under investigation because of speeding behind the safety car.

Lewis Hamilton finished second after a brilliant drive following a penalty for backing up the field. He was given a drive through but came out in the same spot he went in, second.

Jenson Button finished third after running in fourth behind Kamui Kobayashi nearly the entire race. The Japanese driver chose not to pit until the final few laps. After his stop, Kobayashi passed Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Buemi for seventh place.

Hit the jump for the rest of the story.

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Ferrari boss furious after grand prix

Ferrari boss furious after grand prix

When a team like Scuderia Ferrari is upset in Formula One, people are going to hear about it one way or another. Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo was furious at the new, slower teams in F1 after Fernando Alonso was held up during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso was trying to pass Lewis Hamilton after the leading McLaren went into the pits after a bit of pressure from Alonso.

Yet, the Spaniard was slowed down by one of the slower teams on his in lap and he eventually came out of the pits behind Hamilton, who would later win the race.

Things kept getting worse for Alonso, who lost second to Jenson Button after he was slowed down by another slow newcomer.

The Italian boss was livid with the new boys after the race had finished, having seen his driver’s chance at a win slip away with the help of the slower cars.

"Cars who perform at GP2-level should not be allowed to participate in F1 races because they are supposed to race on Sunday mornings," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Our car’s race pace was good enough for victory.

"Let’s hope that, in the future, there won’t be mistakes in pushing a button nor in lapping cars that put us at a disadvantage, because we’ve already gone though that."

Alonso has one win in his first season with Ferrari and is currently fourth in the points behind Mark Webber and the two McLaren drivers.

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Red Bull retains Mark Webber for the 2011 F1 season

Red Bull retains Mark Webber for the 2011 F1 season

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Mark Webber previews Barcelona Grand Prix on Red Bull simulator

Mark Webber previews Barcelona Grand Prix on Red Bull simulator

Some of us are content with high-def video games, but for a team with an exponentially bigger budget like Red Bull, video games are about as high-tech as a wooden bicycle. No, these guys don’t roll like that.

What they have are race simulators and pretty awesome ones at that. On the lead-up to the Barcelona Grand Prix, team driver Mark Webber got to sit behind one of the mock RB25 race simulators to try to get acclimated with the circuit before the race this Sunday. That’s the kind of technology that’s pretty prevalent in Formula One and that you won’t be able to find in any other racing series in the world.

This is actually the second video brought to us by Red Bull. A little over a week ago we posted the video of Sebastien Vettel as he made his practice runs on the simulator.

As for the rest of us, being allowed to drive this simulator is completely out of the question so we’ll have to settle for just watching the video.

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