Friday, 8 July 2011

Beer: Or Red Bull

Formula 1 introduced some changes to the rules this weekend...

And - surprise! surprise! - Red Bull team are not very happy about it. Yep, they're not going to be able to use their unique exhaust diffuser technology any more this year. Now, I don't know enough (or much, really) about this technology, and especially not whether it is what made Red Bull cars so invincible up until now this season. It may very well be that it's all up to Sebastian Vettel. It may also be that Formula 1 governing body is playing favourites here. But on second look, it's not that Red Bull are the only ones using this particular technology. It's just that there seems to be that they may have made it work best. There was no telling if some other team(s) might have caught up with it, maybe even for this weekend's British Grand Prix. So, even if I can appreciate Red Bull's worries about being treated unfairly, I'd say that at least rules are being applied to everyone in the same manner. Plus, if I spent some time on it, I'm sure I could find similar examples in the past. And, finally, Red Bull should be happy that Mark Webber topped today's first practice - even without the exhaust diffuser.

Whether that's something to worry Sebastian Vettel,
is another matter entirely...