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					 Red Bull                                                                                                                                                                Technical SpecificaTionS
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                                                             leaDinG The WaY WiTh iTS fRonT WinG                                                                          MAKe/MOdel renault rS27-2010           TyReS Bridgestone
                                                                                                                                                                          CONFIGuRATION 2400cc v8                WHeelS OZ racing
                                                                                                                                                                          (90 degree)                            BRAKe dISCS Brembo
                                                             By Adrian Newey                                        F-duct is a pneumatic amplifier, and all credit       SPARK PluGS NGK                        BRAKe PAdS Brembo
                                                             (Chief Technical Officer)                              to the McLaren team for applying it in that way.      eCu fia standard issue                 BRAKe CAlIPeRS Brembo
                                                                                                                                                                          KeRS n/a                               Fuel TANK aTl
                                                             “The main difference with RB6 was starting                 RB6 seemed to have its biggest advantage                                                 INSTRuMeNTS meSl
                                                                                                                                                                          Fuel Total
                                                             with a clean sheet of paper to suit a double           at tracks with the longest-duration corners           OIl Total
                                                                                                                                                                          BATTeRy Not disclosed                  dIMeNSIONS
                                                             diffuser. We changed the main gearbox casing,          and the shortest straights… I was particularly                                               leNGTH Not disclosed
                                                             which we decided we didn’t have the resource           impressed by it going through Barcelona Turn 9        TRANSMISSION                           WIdTH 1800mm
                                                             to do with RB5. The step-up feature was                flat. We just about managed to get Copse flat         GeARBOx red Bull racing                HeIGHT 950mm
                                                                                                                                                                          FORWARd GeARS Seven                    WHeelBASe >3000mm
                                                             something you only introduce for a double              at Silverstone in 2009 and went one better at                                                TRACK front 1800mm
                                                                                                                                                                          CluTCH aP racing                       rear 1800mm
                                                             diffuser, as structurally it’s slightly                Barcelona Turn 9.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 WeIGHT 620kg (including
                                                             more compromised.                                                                                            CHASSIS                                driver and camera)
                                                                                                                                                                          CHASSIS MOdel red Bull rB6
                                                                 We debated a conventional rear suspension,         FAllING SHORT ON HORSePOWeR                           FRONT SuSPeNSION lAyOuT
                                                             and if double diffusers had been understood            Our car had good downforce, but the engine            Double wishbones and pushrod
                                                             from the start of 2009, we’d probably have             has fallen behind Mercedes and Ferrari,               ReAR SuSPeNSION lAyOuT
                                                                                                                                                                          Double wishbones and pullrod
                                                             done a pushrod in the first place, but we              particularly Mercedes. At circuits where power
                                                             preferred to evolve the pullrod rather than            is a lesser factor, like Monaco and Hungary, we
                                                             start again.                                           had a good benefit but, get to somewhere like
                                                                 We went a bit longer with the chassis to           Spa-Francorchamps or Monza, where power is
                                                             maximise the length available for the diffuser         more important, and we started to fall behind.
                                                             slot. The rest of it was really a mix of a few new         McLaren blocked us from having a Mercedes
                                                             bits – the side-blown exhausts – then refining         engine and it really came down to staying with
 The Team                                                    RB5, allied to changes to suit no refuelling.          Renault. That sounds as if it was by default, but
                                                                 In the 1980s and 1990s, blown floors               I’ve always said that Renault as a partner treats
 PeRSONNel                                                   developed up to the point that diffusers               us extremely well. We’ve had parity, we could       after which various teams jumped on the bandwagon. The
 CHAIRMAN Dietrich mateschitz
 TeAM PRINCIPAl christian Horner                             were chopped off post-1994 San Marino GP               have frank discussions in terms of what we’d        irony is that the regulations quite clearly state that with a 50kg
 CHIeF TeCHNICAl OFFICeR adrian Newey (above)                and became so short that there wasn’t really           like for the chassis side out of the engine, but    load you are allowed 10mm of deflection. Prior to 2009, it was
 HeAd OF AeROdyNAMICS Peter Prodromou
 CHIeF deSIGNeR rob marshall                                 enough length to act on.                               there’s no doubt that they froze the engine         a 50kg load and 5mm of deflection but, because the wing span
 HeAd OF CAR eNGINeeRING Paul monaghan                                                                              much earlier in 2006 and they didn’t keep           went up for 2009, McLaren asked in the Technical Working
 HeAd OF RACe eNGINeeRING ian morgan                         MAKING THe BlOWN FlOOR WORK                            working on it like others and haven’t done so       Group that the deflection should be increased to 10mm. So it
 CHIeF eNGINeeR, veHICle dyNAMICS mark ellis
 TeCHNICAl dIReCTOR, ReNAulT eNGINeS                         Then, in terms of the old way of doing blown           since the freeze came in.                           was rather ironic that they were the ones getting so excited
 rob white                                                   floors, where the exhaust outlet was physically            Our analysis suggests that we are at least      about it… I suppose we should take it as a form of flattery that
 TeAM MANAGeR Jonathan wheatley
 CHIeF eNGINeeR, ReNAulT eNGINeS fabrice lom                 in the diffuser on the underside of the car,           4% behind a Mercedes which, at most circuits,       two of our competitors in particular spent most of their time
 dRIveRS Sebastian vettel, mark webber                       it became illegal, as the exhaust came to be           is getting on for half-a-second a lap. Mercedes     looking at our car rather than their own.
 RACe eNGINeeR (vettel) Guillaume rocquelin
 RACe eNGINeeR (webber) ciaron Pilbeam                       considered part of the bodywork and there              has blocked all conversations with regard to            We didn’t have to make any modifications at all to pass the
 SuPPORT TeAM MANAGeR Tony Burrows                           can’t be any holes in the diffuser apart from          Renault being able to retune or redress the         changed front-wing test introduced at the Belgian GP. For the
 TeST/THIRd dRIveR Daniel ricciardo
 CHIeF MeCHANIC Kenny Handkammer                             the starter-shaft hole. So, in that sense, today’s     balance. They’ve systematically gone through        front floor tea-tray test introduced at Monza, where the load
 TOTAl NuMBeR OF eMPlOyeeS 550                               blown floors are different, as the exhaust outlet      FOTA and blocked all that. It was just a very       is offset from the car centreline, we had to run slightly higher
 TeAM BASe milton Keynes, england                            itself is still on the top side of the car, but then   frustrating position to be in, because some         front ride height in common with everyone else in the pitlane.
 TelePHONe +44 (0)1908 279700                                blows at a slot inside the rear wheel. So the gas      people argued that if they gave us an engine-
 WeBSITe                               exits the exhaust on the top side but ends up          performance upgrade, then we should have            THAT BRITISH GP FRONT WING
 TeAM STATS                                                  underneath the car, through the slot.                  given them our front wing, for instance. That       As for our own little front-wing controversy at Silverstone, with
 IN F1 SINCe 1997 as Stewart Grand Prix then Jaguar racing        F-ducts were another feature of the season.       has been one of the conversations with a senior     no testing I frankly wanted to see the wing raced to find out
 FIRST GRANd PRIx australia 1997 STARTS 244                  If I’d known I was designing the car to suit that,     person at Mercedes. That’s all very well and        more about it. Dare I say, the media managed to make a frenzy
 POdIuMS 33 POINTS 842.5 CONSTRuCTORS’ TITleS 1              I might have been able to make it easier to get        good, but we aren’t stopping Mercedes or            over it, in which perhaps one or two of our team members
 dRIveRS’ TITleS 1                                           the porting in and out of the chassis, but our         McLaren from developing a front wing that’s         acquiesced… Which car it went on, to be perfectly honest, I
 SPONSORS                                                    F-duct wasn’t too badly compromised.                   the same as ours, whereas they are stopping         wasn’t bothered. We went with championship position, but it
 red Bull, red Bull cola, red Bull mobile, Total, rauch,          The principle is very simple and was              Renault from developing an engine to match          could just as easily have been on a coin toss. I don’t think we
 Pepe Jeans, lG electronics, fXDD, casio, Singha Beer,       established in the Cold War [in the 1950s and          the Mercedes.                                       ever actually proved a lap-time benefit. It was a detail change
 logwin, Hangar-7, Bridgestone
                                                             early 1960s] when the Americans were worried                                                               and it was circuit specific; I felt we would need it for Hungary,
                                                             that the Russians would be able to jam the             FRONT-WING deFleCTION WAS leGAl                     but at Spa and Monza we didn’t run it.
                                                             electronics on their fighter aircraft, so they         The front wings did seem to generate a bit
                                                             wanted a pneumatic or hydraulic-fluid logic            of controversy that, as I understand it, was        GReATeR dRIveR PARITy IN QuAlIFyING
  veTTel             6MARK
                                                             that would replace electronics. Effectively, an        prompted by an article in a French magazine,        The drivers were more even in qualifying this year, although
                                                                                                                                                                        there was no obvious explanation for this. I guess the car was
                                                                                                                                                                        a bit less nervous on corner entry and that’s primarily down to
                                                                                                                                                                        the front tyre, so possibly that helped Mark’s side more than
                                                                                                                                                                        Sebastian’s. But Mark had his cycling accident prior to 2009 and
                                                                                                                                                                        through the first half of that season, I think, must have been
                                                                                                                                                                        putting on a very brave face.
                                                                                                                                                                            There are pluses and minuses to having such even drivers.
                                                                                                                                                                        If the downside was Turkey [when they clashed], the upside
                                                                                                                                                                        is always that they’re capable of pushing each other and do
                                                                                                                                                                        exactly that. The drivers are able to learn and develop off each
                                                                                                                                                                        other. People tried to big their rivalry up everywhere, but the
                                                                                                                                                                        lads are pretty professional.”

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