INFINITI REPORT ON THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX RED BULL RACING CONTINUE POINT SCORING FORM IN ACTION-PACKED HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
ROLLE, Switzerland (1st August 2011) Infiniti and Red Bull Racing continued their consistent form at the weekend, after a strong performance in an incident-packed Hungarian Grand Prix.
In difficult weather conditions, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both secured invaluable championship points, with Vettel claiming his tenth podium of the season in 2nd place, and Mark Webber in 5th.
Having qualified on pole position, Vettel endured a hard fought battle for the lead with Mclarens Lewis Hamilton in the early stages of the race. After the pit stops and 70 laps of wheel to wheel racing throughout the field, the Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador overcame the changeable track conditions to maintain his championship lead, backed up with another solid performance from his Australian team mate.
The result means both drivers still sit first and second in the championship standings, with Infiniti-backed Red Bull Racing leading the Constructors table by 103 points.
Finish position: 2nd, Start position: Pole
I was struggling a little in the first stint on the intermediate tyres. Lewis was a bit faster and then I went into Turn 2 too deep, it was quite tricky he was pushing quite hard and I tried to be on the edge. At some stage I realised it would be too late, so I opened the car because I know the white lines and the green paint afterwards is very slippery, so its easy to have a spin, and I lost the lead. After that the track surface was drying.
I think we could have maybe come in a lap earlier and then I was on the super-softs I was feeling quite good initially, but there was quite a lot of drop off, I think it was the same for all of us. In the last stint, I did feel I had more speed in the car, but with 20 laps to go it was difficult to know how hard it was going to be at the end, so I couldnt push as hard as I would have liked, but still, second today is an important step. The McLarens are strong in all sorts of conditions and its clear that for two races now they have made a step forward; we need to make sure we come back strong for the next race.
Finish position: 5th, Start position: 6th
It was a good race quite enjoyable; I made the right call to go for the slicks at the right time, but when the rain came I thought it was going to be heavier so I went for the intermediate tyres, but it didnt come. The team didnt say too much about the rain, so I thought it was a bit of a surprise shower, but I made the decision to go for the intermediates. It didnt work out for Lewis and I with this gamble and it looks stupid in hindsight when the track dries out, but if it had rained strong enough for another few minutes, then it would have been the right tyre. So, its a fine line and to get yourself back in the game sometimes you have to role a dice. Im fine with the decision I made, its on my head and the team did a good job this weekend.
Red Bull Racing Team Principal
I think it was a really tricky race today, especially with the conditions. Initially we led, then Lewis became very quick and we dropped a couple of places to the McLarens, we then started to recover pace to them and completed some good pit stops. The decisive point was opting to use the prime tyres at the final stop to get to the end, which put Sebastian in really good shape. Then the rain arrived and for a couple of laps it was marginal whether to stay out or to pit. Arguably, for a couple of laps, inters was the right call and Mark decided to pit for them we decided to take the brave decision to leave Sebastian out and in the end it came right, the rain held off and P2 is a positive result for him. Unfortunately for Mark, he lost some places with the penultimate pit stop for the intermediate tyres without that, he would have been on the podium today, which is a
shame. But, theres no crystal ball in those conditions and it could have been a decision that won him the race. It was frustrating to lose a position to Lewis in the closing stages, with back markers not really assisting matters, but Mark came back at him pretty strong in the final seven laps.
The team now head into the summer break with an opportunity for a very well-earned rest, before returning, fully revitalized, for Spa at the end of August.
Infiniti, the luxury performance brand from Japan, joined forces with Red Bull Racing for the start of the 2011 F1 season and features prominently on the RB7 cars driven by Vettel and Webber.
NEXT RACE: Belgian Grand Prix, August 28.
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