Red Bull Racing looking electric
All eyes are firmly focused on Red Bull Racing this morning as the Formula One fraternity wakes up to the realisation that the RB7 is easily the class of the field at the moment.
Attention has been placed on the team’s KERS system as both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber admitted they had not used the system throughout qualifying. Speculation suggests that the team are running a lite-version of the KERS system, which only has the capacity to be utilised at the start of a race.
According to FIA regulations under Article 1.20, the KERS system is “a system that is designed to recover kinetic energy from the car during braking, store that energy and make it available to propel the car.” The regulations suggest that the cars must be able to recover that energy under braking, and it is unknown whether the Red Bull system has any worthwhile properties in this regeneration – or for that matter, whether their interpretation of the rules is within the regulations.
Sebastian Vettel is the favourite to take out his first Australian Grand Prix and improve upon Red Bull Racing’s best result at Albert Park, which remains to be David Coulthard’s fourth place finish back in 2005.
Local hero Mark Webber starts the race third on the grid and was puzzled with Vettel’s stunning pole time, “I was disappointed with my performance today. Sebastian put in a very good lap. I’m a little bit mystified by the gap to be honest, I tried my best. I’ll have to go through it and have a look at where I can improve and go from there.”
Perennial backmarkers HRT attempted to appeal their case to start today’s race in the steward’s room, however their case was rejected. The team will now focus their attention to the Malaysian Grand Prix in two weeks time.
Rain has stalked the paddock all weekend, however weather for this evening’s Australian Grand Prix is expected to be cloudy with a southerly wind approaching the circuit. The Pirelli tyres have held up surprisingly well given the cool conditions, however drivers have encountered multiple lockups and flat spots throughout the lead up to this weekend.