• Mar 26, 2011

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Red Bull is once again looking strong as it heads into Formula One's opening round in Australia. Red Bull ace and last year's champ Sebastien Vettel took pole position for Sunday's race by nearly a second in Saturday qualifying. Mark Webber, Vettel's teammate and Australia's hometown hero, wound up third behind Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull claims that neither of its drivers used their KERS (Kinetic Energy Regeneration System) during qualifying, which is usually good for .3 seconds a lap. That means, in theory anyway, Vettel has a potential 1.5 second advantage over the competition when the green flag waves tomorrow.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is sandwiched between the two Red Bulls in second, while teammate and 2009 champ Jenson Button sits fourth behind Webber. Fernando Alonso is fifth in the first of the Ferraris ahead of Vitaly Petrov for Renault. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is seventh, ahead of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa. Kamui Kobayashi sits ninth for Sauber and Sebastien Buemi rounds out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.



[Source: AutoWeek]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent qualy. Awesome to see Seb out front again.

      I've heard rumors that the reason behind RBR not using the KERS is because they are runnning a smaller set up that only works on the start of the race, charged in the pits not on the warm up lap, and doesn't regen from there. Interesting theory, i suppose a smaller system would be lighter. We'll have to keep tabs on the on board graphic during the race tomorrow and see if they're using it after the start.

      Can't wait for the race!
        • 3 Years Ago
        The issue with that theory is they'd be paying the weight penalty for the whole race. I mean, I understand that the initial charge is hugely important on the low-overtaking tracks, but then you have to factor in (1) Pirellis degrade faster, so there's more opportunity to take positions during pitstops, and (2) Webber and Vettel are both awesome at qualifying. Both managed to spend a good deal of races in the top two spots, so it's not even that critical for the team.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the spoilers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Speed had qualy on live this morning at 1:30.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Never understood those people who do not want to know the result until they watch the event themselves. I mean, it happened, you didn't get to watch it live, okay so where does the tragedy part come in? I've missed a fair share of events and I have no problem going on a website and finding out the score or in this case a winner of a race. So stupid!
        • 3 Years Ago
        AB been spoiling almost every f1 race for a while now. Do not visit the site if you havent watched yet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        totally agree. Thanks guys! not.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ditto. Speed doesn't air qualification until tonight.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hate when F1 is down under or in Asia. Means I have to record the race and watch it the next morning. Whenever this happens, I make an effort to not turn on the TV for anything else or open the computer for the fear of reading a news headline that gives me the F1 results. It's happened to me once and it ruined my whole Grand Prix weekend. Not letting it happen again. Thankfully I saw qualification before I visited AB.

        Anyway, hopefully the race will be great. I'm disappointed with Ferrari. Seems to me they have an understeer problem in their cars which they need to fix.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Noidor:

        You really don't understand why someone would rather watch a race not knowing that a last lap pass isn't going to happen because you know who wins? You don't understand why someone would prefer to watch a hockey game without knowing that their team is going to give up a goal in the last minute? There's no drama to the action if you know what's going to happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It INFURIATES me that Collin Colles from HRT believed that, if F1 dropped to 10 teams, that HRT deserved to be in the 10. No testing. No car for practice sessions. No respectable qualifying attempts. No contracted drivers without external contribution.

      AcheRT is my name for them, because they're painful to watch.

      And I'll just call it now. Vettel obliterates Mansell's record for pole positions this season.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Formula_One_Season

      14 is easily achievable, given the number of races. Beating the % of races would be the tough part.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm an artist and I REALLY enjoy seeing everything Red Bull sponsors. They do a great job - graphically - showing off their sponsorship, from cars to aircraft.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you stupid, Autoblog? You put a spoiler in the headline and on the front page?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought I read somewhere that Hamilton didn't use KERS either on his last qualifying lap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although the session was aired live on Speed and other channels, it was still on at around midnight on a Friday for anyone in the Americas and on really early on a Saturday for anyone in Europe. So, AB, consider that a lot of people might not have watched it on a Friday night, but would wait for a later re-play. Spoiler warnings hurt no one.

      Anyway, fantastic qualifying. Red Bull might be frighteningly quick this year, but McLaren is definitely off to a better start than expected. Mercedes needs a lot of work.

      Oh, and HRT shouldn't be on the grid. They were slower than GP2 cars out there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      +1 on the spoilers. You guys should know better!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, do us a favor and don't cover F1. Real F1 fans get our information elsewhere, so just don't bother with the weak, erratic coverage. (And we don't appreciate the spoiler headlines, either.)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed... Just to be on the safe side though, I'm going to avoid AB during GP weekends.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Motorsports fans should avoid this site on the weekends. Autoblog fails even when they provide a spoiler alert, like running this right below a picture of two F1 Ferraris:
      "2010 German Grand Prix: Tussles, team orders and tire wear" [Spoilers]

      By the way, stay away from Jalopnik today if you don't want to know the winner of the Global Rallycross race.
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