Faster than light: Red Bull
A few years ago, the team Red Bull Racing did not exist. Today, along with the brilliant talent of the 25-year-old racer Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull represents the most powerful Formula 1 team of a generation. How did they manage to achieve such results?
Every Sunday of the Formula 1 season, when the race passes, half a billion viewers from around the world are watching the rapid development of events on the race track. Over the past three years, they have become accustomed to the constant victories of the “German torpedo” – Sebastian Vettel, the driver of the Red Bull Racing team. Thanks to the RB8 car, developed by aerodynamics guru Adrian Newey and his team, the 25-year-old Vettel gained incredible popularity on almost all continents. In the world of sports, he became a real legend. And a rarity among other racers: half of engineers, half of super athletes, the seriousness of which contrasts with a sense of humor Vettel. Once Martin Brundle, a former racer who became a commentator on Formula 1, evaluating the lively manner of the Vettel race, said: “It seems to me that Vettel is having fun when doing such long straight lines as this one. A sense of humor is in his blood.”
- About Sebastian
- Age: 25 years old.
- Date of birth July 3, 1987
- Country: Germany.
- Hometown: Heppenheim, Germany.
Sebastian became the youngest world champion, winning the title of winner in the 2010 season. Last year he became the youngest three-time Formula 1 champion. During one season, Vettel managed to win 15 pole positions, breaking the previous record set by Nigel Mansell back in 1992 . The record for the number of laps in the lead in one season, and as many as 739, also belongs to Vettel. And a dozen more records set Vettel in the status of the youngest rider – enough to become a legend of world sport. This season is the fifth for Sebastian. In it, he participates as a racer team Infinity Red Bull Racing.
Sebastian Vettel – the fastest racer of the most elite racing series in the world. He won three difficult championships in a row and became the youngest rider who managed to achieve such a result. He also became the first three-time champion since the victories of his compatriot and idol – Michael Schumacher. But the facts that make up success are so complex that even Vettel himself cannot explain them. It all starts with an analysis of lap times, and Vettel does it best of all. Imagine a time interval of 1 second and count it out loud: “And once!”. Now divide it by 1,000 – it is for such time periods Vettel has to make decisions.
In Formula 1, the pole position is of great importance, because overtaking during the race on many routes is a very difficult task. The fight is for hundredths or even thousandths of a second on one lap. In this overload, which the driver experiences in turns, reach 3-4 G. Vettel passes turns along the same trajectory and slows down at the same point as in previous circles. Repeating these actions, he can evaluate the route and find those places where he loses a thousandth of a second. Then he tries to get them cleaner, improving the time from circle to circle. Driving a fireball in difficult turns and climbs at speeds in excess of 320 km / h, swooping inches from the bump stop, it is very difficult to achieve acceleration, which is measured in fractions of a second. Therefore, probably, Formula 1 is the most difficult and accurate sport on the planet. With this level of skill, nothing can compare. So why is Vettel and the race cars of the Red Bull Racing team, built by Adrian Newey, manage to beat all rivals in everything?
- Adrian Newey
- Date of birth: December 26, 1958
- Hometown: Colchester, England
Newey is genius, obsessed design racing cars. He is tThe only engineer who received three Formula 1 designer cups in three different teams. In 2005, Newey moved to Red Bull from the McLaren team and created the most advanced race cars of his time – RB6, RB7 and RB8. Both his rivals and team members always admired his aerodynamic creations. In part, this can be explained by the technology that Red Bull Racing has used over the past three years. The design of Newey, combined with competent leadership by Christian Horner and well-coordinated work of the team, is so ahead of the competitors that the technical regulations of the series change every year in order to introduce new technical solutions and level the teams.
The skill and intuition of the rider are important, but perhaps no more than the skill of the team that supports him
When a Formula 1 car drives into a pit stop, all that the viewer sees is how the team members change all four wheels and adjust the wing wings in less than three seconds, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Christian Horner, team leader, Adrian Newey, racing engineers Guillaume Roquelen and Simon Rennie, as well as several technicians, follow the race from a specially equipped point located near the pit lane. In addition, based on the Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes (England), several engineers of the team monitor the real-time telemetric data of the car.
Vettel was born in the provincial German town of Heppenheim in 1987 and started karting at about three years old. Every year he became faster and faster, and there was no track, and on that, he did not win. At every new stage of his career everyone was surprised at his so young age. Vettel came to Red Bull shortly after she acquired the not very successful Jaguar Racing team in 2005. He was the driver of the Scuderia Torro Rosso, the “younger sister” of Red Bull Racing, until in 2009 he finally moved to the main lineup. By the end of 2005, the team also managed to attract the ingenious designer, Adrian Newey, who gained fame as the aerodynamics guru thanks to the three Designer Cups, which he won by collaborating with other teams.
In 2007, in the US Grand Prix, held in Indianapolis, 19-year-old Vettel became the youngest driver to score points behind the wheel of a Red Bull chassis (speaking for the Torro Rosso team) of Newey. The following year, he became the youngest winner of the race, winning the Italian Grand Prix on the car of the Torro Rosso team, the Italian division of Red Bull. People are not born as riders. They are formed as such since infancy. Like the young stars of Hollywood, they sacrifice the joys of childhood in order to hone their skills. “When I was little, I remember that if it was hot outside, after school everyone went to the pool. I was going home to jump on an exercise bike and sweat on it for two hours. I really wanted to skip the workout and go to the pool, but it was as it was. The same thing happened when I participated in races on maps – I missed a lot of parties in honor of my birthday, and at that time I didn’t really like it, but as soon as I was on the track, I found happiness.” Finally, his labors bore fruit. When Vettel passed on the law in 2005 and received a driver’s license, he took the opportunity and made a long independent journey. He traveled north – crossed the Netherlands, Belgium, part of France, and then the English Channel and ended up in England. “I had a cool car that the company gave me. I went to Milton Keynes to take a look at the Red Bull factory. It was the first time I had the opportunity to see a real Formula 1 car,” Vettel says.
A modern Formula 1 car is a V8 engine, a frame and an ultra-light carbon fiber wing, so the car weighs only 1,400 kg. In order to accelerate to 160 km / h, and then stop – it only takes 4 seconds – about the same amount you will need to read this sentence. For comparison, one of the friskiest cars, Bugatti Veyron, accelerates to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds. Before moving to Formula 1, Vettel participated in the junior championship – Formula 3, and before that – in the body series. He won both championships, but the transition to Formula 1 was very difficult. “The difference between a racing car and a formula car lies in the instantaneous response of the brakes, thanks to the carbon brake discs, and the crazy speed in the corners, which can be achieved due to downforce. These two aspects cannot be understood logically.”
Therefore, he had to understand them by experience. For the first time being behind the wheel of a Red Bull car at the Belgian Spa circuit, Sebastian was discouraged by what he had to experience. “I thought to myself – this is all for real men, I can never achieve this.” To accelerate and speed it was easy to adjust, unlike the brake. “Everything is going well, but here you are approaching the mark made 250 meters before the turn, and it is very close. You push the pedal, because you think that otherwise you will not be able to fit into the turn. And it turns out that you slowed down a hundred meters earlier than necessary. Just because the brain says to you: Stop!”
But he liked this behavior when braking. What he didn’t like was the crazy overloads that a Formula 1 racer was experiencing, driving up-to-date carbon brakes. “You see, when braking, you are pushed out of the seat so hard that you have to hold your breath and strain all your muscles so that you do not accidentally lose consciousness.” Usually a race consists of 25 turns, 25 braking points and 50 laps. He loves cars and animates them. “Like ships, cars must be named after women, as they are very sexy. My first car was named Kate. But then I broke it at the very first race of the season in Australia. So we called the next one “Kate’s Bad Sister.” She was more aggressive and faster.”
Vettel lives in the small town of Zug, in the heart of pastoral Switzerland. He has no manager, he himself agrees on the terms of contracts with the team and sponsors. He has a girlfriend, and he eschews the glamorous side of the world of Formula 1, which attracts thousands of determined women. He does not like to show off in front of the public and politely behaves with fans when he meets them, walking along the streets of Zug. But in this town he is rarely asked to give an autograph. “I would not say that the champion title has changed me. There are things that I cannot do as freely as other people, but I can still walk the streets and go to the cinema without any problems, and when I go to cheer on my favorite football club, Eintracht Frankfurt, I watch the match with tribunes, and not from the VIP-box. There are always people who want to photograph me, but this is not a problem for me. You just need to get used to it.”
Best and worst moments
The best moments: Brazilian Grand Prix 201.2 After a collision with Bruno, Senna Vettel managed to break from the end of the peloton to sixth place on a damaged RB8 car, securing the third league title and outrun Ferrari Alonso in the overall standings by just three points. He became the youngest three-time world champion in history.
Worst moment: Turkish Grand Prix 2010. After Mark Webber received an order to save fuel from boxing, Vettel was able to catch up with him, but during the overtaking they collided, and Seb dropped out of the race.
- Mark Webber
- Date of birth: August 27, 1976
- Hometown: Quinbian, New South Wales, Australia
This racer from Australia is always desperately fighting for victory, and it doesn’t matter whether he plays rugby, climbs, cycling or participates in a marathon race. He proved his right to a place in the Minardi cockpit on Formula 1 in 2002, thanks to the results shown in the Formula 3000 series. In 2007, he joined the Red Bull Racing team. This year he is 37 years old, but his age does not prevent him from fighting for the champion title. He is as always set to win.