Red Bull admit rules changes have slowed them

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Adrian Newey admits the rules changes on exhausts and wings have held Red Bull back this year.

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Broom (@brum55) spotted a good stat on Fernando Alonso :

People may say Alonso has been lucky but he is the only driver to have won a race not starting on the front row. He won from eighth and eleventh whereas the lowest anyone else has won was from second. This underlines how impressive he has been this year.
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On this day in F1

Having already won the drivers’ championship, Michael Schumacher offered no resistance to Rubens Barrichello in the 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari claiming a formation ‘two-one’ win.

Ralf Schumacher joined his brother on the podium but neither he nor anyone else in the field could offer a realistic challenge to the Ferraris.

Here’s an onboard lap with Schumacher in the Ferrari. Keep an eye out for the advertising logo painted on the track on the approach to turn four, a short-lived innovation in adding yet more sponsors’ logos to a race track, one which thankfully did not last.

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42 comments on Red Bull admit rules changes have slowed them

  1. Of course Red Bull has been hurt more by the ban on EBD than the other teams. Red Bull has spent 2 years building a car to suit EBD, all development made by Red Bull for the last couple of years focused on this.

    This meant that Red Bull had to take two steps back and start all over again while several of the other teams could go back and use their “original” 2011-car as a basis for 2012. As such Red Bull started the development-race for 2012 with a handicap.

    Despite this Red Bull has done well this year, but they have had some setbacks due to FIA`s rulings, something that has clearly hurt Red Bull. But it remains to be seen what happens next, you never know what a guy like Newey might dream up during the break.

    I got a sneaky feeling Red Bull is just missing a little piece to get it right again, and if that happens we might see some dominant wins towards the end of the season. One must also keep in mind that Red Bull and especially Vettel has always been strong in the second part of the season, as we saw in both 2010 and 2011. The European season ìs usually not Red Bulls strongest part of the season, is seems to suit Ferrari and McLaren better.

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