July 12th, 2015
Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi has been excluded from both Red Bull Ring Formula Renault 3.5 races for triggering a huge crash in race one. Pons Racing’s Spaniard was involved in a frightening accident shortly after taking the chequered flag on Sunday morning, when his slowing car was rear-ended at high speed by Arden racer Nicholas Latifi. Both cars sustained heavy damage in the violent impact. The decision by race officials means that Merhi will be unable to take up his front row starting position for race two, which is scheduled to take place at 6.20pm local time. Pons team manager Emilio de Villota Jr told AUTOSPORT: “I don’t think it is really my place to comment on the stewards’ decision. “It is up to the driver or his management [...]
June 15th, 2015
Helmut Marko, the mastermind behind Red Bull Racing’s driver development programme, is the latest Online Driving Instructor for SAFEisFAST.com. With Marko at the helm, the Red Bull Junior Team has become one of the most successful driver development programmes ever, producing talents such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to name but a few. The Austrian also acts as a consultant to the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. A childhood friend of 1970 F1 World Champion Jochen Rindt, Marko was a talented driver in his own right. He enjoyed his first major success in 1971, winning that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Dutchman Gijs van Lennep in a Porsche 917. This acted as a springboard into F1 where he made his debut in a Jo Bonnier-run [...]
by David Phillips on April 3rd, 2015
One of the most-used words in Mitchell deJong’s vocabulary is “fortunately.” Indeed, just about every time he discusses some aspect of his burgeoning career as a race driver he employs some variation of the word. While there’s no doubt fortune has smiled on the 17 year old Californian, his accomplishments to date suggest he makes his own luck. After winning nine karting and off road championships between the ages of 10 and 16, deJong entered Global Rallycross Lite competition in 2013 with backing from Red Bull and copped a silver medal in the X Games of Los Angeles. Not content with becoming the youngest driver to win an X Games medallion, he captured the gold medal in the X Games of Austin even as he was winning six of eight [...]
by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014
The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began. Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them). F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport? No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row. The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]
by Justin Sutton on March 15th, 2014
Formula One is changing, a lot. The 2014 season is upon us and, like F1 junkies around the world, I’ll be staying up late (or getting up early) to watch the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Like a hopeless gambler haunting the Las Vegas casinos at hours when most mammals would be sleeping, F1 has become something of an addiction for me over the last two years. The sport that captured my heart has taken on a completely new form this year; as we step, with confusion and wonder, into a completely new era filled with mystery. In 2002, at the tender age of 17 years, I was lucky enough to be able to go to the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Racing was already a passion of mine, [...]
November 9th, 2010
BRAZILIAN TURNS: Sebastian Vettel leads the field through the opening turns of the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. (Steve Etherington Photo) SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Armed bandits failed to hijack Jenson Button’s car on Saturday evening. Button and three others were riding in a bullet-proof Mercedes driven by a police-trained driver.
October 21st, 2010
Kasey Kahne has been released by Richard Petty Motorsports, effective immediately. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo) CONCORD, N.C. — Kasey Kahne won’t be finishing the season with Richard Petty Motorsports.
July 25th, 2010
HOCKENHEIM, Germany — “Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited.” So states article 39.1 from the FIA Sporting regulations. For the record, the race results of the German Grand Prix show Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finishing first and second ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button took fourth and fifth, while Mark Webber rounded out the top six in his Red Bull.
July 20th, 2010
LONDON — The red mist has cleared at Red Bull. Mark Webber and the team talked over the contentious incidents of the British Grand Prix before heading to Germany where, one year ago, Webber earned his first F-1 victory. “Mark is not a number two driver here, and there’s no question of him leaving the team,” commented Christian Horner
July 11th, 2010
By Dan Knutson NSSN Correspondent SILVERSTONE, Great Britain — “Fantastic,” Mark Webber radioed the Red Bull team on the cool down lap after he stormed to a dominant victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. “Not bad for a number two driver!” Team boss Christian Horner replied: “Well done Mark, you can smile now!” Webber had been seething rather than smiling during the previous 24 hours as he was incensed that the Red Bull gave his teammate Sebastian Vettel priority “number one driver” treatment
June 29th, 2010
VALENCIA, Spain — Mark Webber walked away bruised but unhurt from a wild ride Sunday after his Red Bull somersaulted high through the air and then slammed into a tire wall during the European Grand Prix. Webber, who had made an early pit stop, came up fast behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus on the back straight. When Kovalainen braked far earlier than Webber expected, the Red Bull hit the back of the Lotus and was launched into the air
June 22nd, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — “It seems to be a disadvantage to lead the driver’s championship. I can’t remember how many drivers have led the championship now,” Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner quipped after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took over the point lead from Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
May 30th, 2010
ISTANBUL — The Reds broke the cardinal rule: Don’t hit each other. The result: They lost the race to the silvers cars.
May 25th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Jenson Button isn’t concerned that he has lost the points lead to Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. “We all know this is a long season — 19 races — and it’s still too early to be worrying about leading the championship,” he said
May 10th, 2010
BARCELONA, Spain — The idea of staging a United States Grand Prix in New Jersey was quickly shot down.
April 13th, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Chassis ride height adjusting systems are illegal, and the FIA has now moved to close off any loopholes in the rulebook that teams might try to exploit. It’s been speculated that Red Bull’s superiority was due to some sort of active suspension
March 30th, 2010
MELBOURNE, Australia — Red Bull does not have a trick system to adjust the ride height of its cars, insists team principal Christian Horner.
March 1st, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Lewis Hamilton set the fastest overall time on the final day of preseason testing. Hamilton clocked a 1:20.472 in his McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, edging out Mark Webber who turned a 1:20.496 in his Red Bull Renault RB6 and Felipe Massa who set a 1:20.539 in the Ferrari F10
February 25th, 2010
Nico Rosberg expects Mercedes GP’s planned updates for Bahrain to provide a major boost to the team’s form for the first race of the season.