( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2020-12-11 20:55:10 )
First Practice Session: 1:37.378, Position: 1, Laps: 26
Second Practice Session: 1:37.046, Position: 3, Laps: 30
“Today was ok and there is still a bit of work to do to close the gap to Mercedes who seem strong again but I didn’t get a lap time on the soft compound as I came up behind Perez on a long run so it’s hard to tell exactly what the gap is. We will see what the other drivers say about track limits in the briefing tonight but it’s Friday Practice which is always about exploring the limits and getting a better understanding of how wide you can go with the car. In qualifying we know we can’t go so wide and will pay more attention, but I don’t think it’s a big issue. The soft tyre seemed to hold on ok so I think that will be ok for qualifying and we will see whether I can sit in a different Press Conference chair tomorrow.”
First Practice Session: 1:38.547, Position: 4, Laps: 25
Second Practice Session: 1:37.263, Position: 4, Laps: 33
“Today was a pretty standard practice day where you’re just working through the usual items and working the tyres to find out where that sweet spot is, but I was pretty happy and overall it was a good day. I think we need to look at the softs and how to work them better to get them into the right window, and also to stay in that window, but the mediums felt ok. It’s practice after all so I’m not really sure where Mercedes are based on today’s running but we’ll focus on ourselves, look at everything in more detail tonight ahead of qualifying tomorrow and see where we are.”
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing came into existence late in 2004 – under the guidance of Team Principal Christian Horner – with ambitions to challenge for race victories and world championship titles.
Over the next four seasons solid foundations were laid. The Team recruited in both quantity and quality, steadily expanding until it was capable of going toe-to-toe with the most illustrious names in racing.
The Team finished seventh in 2005 and 2006. The initial driver line-up was a mix of youth and experience: David Coulthard provided the latter, while Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Robert Doornbos were the former. DC scored the Team’s first podium, finishing third in Monaco in 2006.
For 2007 Mark Webber came onboard to join DC. The Team finished fifth in 2007 but dropped back to seventh again in 2008 – but everything was going to change in 2009.
Coulthard retired at the end of 2008 to be replaced by Sebastian Vettel. Seb’s arrival coincided with a major reset in the sport’s aerodynamic regulations. The new rules gave the Technical Team the chance to shine. In the RB5 they produced a winner. Vettel took the Team’s first victory, leading home Webber in a 1-2 finish at the Chinese Grand Prix. The car would win five more times in 2009, including Webber’s debut F1 victory at the Nürburgring. The Team finished second in the Constructors’ Championship but, perhaps more significantly, it won the final three races of the season.
History was made in 2010. Driving the RB6, Webber and Vettel were title contenders from the start. Their consistent podium finishes secured the Constructors’ Championship at the penultimate round in Brazil. Both drivers went to the final race in Abu Dhabi with a shot at the Drivers’ crown. Vettel emerged triumphant, winning the race to become the sports’ youngest ever World Champion.
The Red Bull RB7 and Vettel dominated 2011. He took 11 of the Team’s dozen victories and took his second Drivers’ title with four races to spare. The Constructors’ title was confirmed with three races still to go.
The competition fought back in 2012, the first seven races went to seven different winners representing five different manufacturers. Red Bull Racing kicked on in the second half of the season and four consecutive victories saw Vettel emerge as a strong title contender. Those wins also propelled the Team to a significant lead in the Constructors’ Championship. Both titles were clinched by the season’s end.
In 2013 the RB9 looked like the class leader – but somehow never seemed to produce what it promised. That changed after the mid-season break when Vettel went on the rampage, setting a new record for consecutive victories – nine! Both titles were secured with three races to spare.
The 2014 season saw reality bite as the new hybrid power units heralded a change. Saddled with a sizeable horsepower deficit the RB10 lacked the competitive edge enjoyed by its predecessors. Nevertheless, the car was still good enough to provide Daniel Ricciardo with his first, second and third Formula One victories.
Ricciardo had replaced Webber, the latter having decided to retire from Formula One. Ricciardo outscored his quadruple World Champion teammate to finish third in the standings. While the Team came down to earth in 2014, its new driver was flying high.
Vettel departed at the end of 2014 and was replaced Daniil Kvyat. Still plagued by a horsepower deficit, and struggling to get the car balanced, the Team endured its worst campaign since 2008.
Red Bull moved up in 2016. The Team finished second in the Constructors’ Championship and Ricciardo was third in the Drivers’ table – though the name on everyone’s lips was Max Verstappen. The young Dutchman was promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Kvyat after four races of the season. He got off to the best start possible, winning his first race at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ricciardo added a second victory in Malaysia.