More Evidence Revealed on the Red Bull “Advantage”

redbull teamToday, further reports are surfacing concerning Team Red Bull and possible illegal unfair advantages. F1Today reports on an article published by Autosprint declaring more evidence of illegal use of downforce.

Autosprint has now revealed a video that depicts the odd mid-corner sound of Vettel’s car in Singapore.  In addition, the cover of the latest copy of Autosprint reads ‘Il segreto di Vettel’ (Vettel’s secret), and reveals reportedly “confidential information” about the German’s recent dominance. Autosprint, however, doubts Red Bull is using some kind of ‘traction control’, but rather a clever engine mapping that mimics the behaviour of exhaust-blown diffusers in the wake of the FIA’s clampdown in that area. Read the entire piece HERE.

Following the dominant performance of Team Red Bull’s #1 Sebastian Vettel in the Grand Prix of Singapore, much has been said. Questions are flying as to how this is possible. Why would one car in particular, with a driver that, albeit a hard charger, was not known for having an innate driving ability had and shoulders above his contemporaries, be SO dominant?

Accusations have been made against the Red Bull Team for going beyond the rules to garner such dominance.  Hardly without merit, those questioning the legitimacy of this dominance have  two instances of solid evidence on their side.

The first such evidence came during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal where the Red Bull car driven by Mark Webber (wanting to ensure Red Bull Constructors title as well) exhibited visual evidence of outlawed traction control, while passing a Chaterham car in the hair-pin. The second piece came during the German Grand Prix when the FIA found evidence of something in the engine that caused concern of breaching the rules. It was found that there computer controlled engine mapping gave an unfair advantage to the cars of Red Bull. Specifically, the report said (read it here in the FIA web site):

“Having examined the engine base torque map of car numbers 01 and 02 it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen at other Events. In my opinion this is therefore in breach of article 5.5.3 of the 2012 Formula 1 technical regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range.

“Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of TD 036-11. I am referring this matter to the stewards.”

So in this matter it was found by the inspectors that Team Red Bull did in fact violate the rules. However – no sanctions were given after oral explanations by the team to FIA representatives. Curious.


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