2013 FoRmula 1 WoRld champIoNshIp
This technology first began to appear at
the end of 2010, but really took hold in
2011. Getting the most from it demands a
counter-intuitive technique from the driver.
Understanding and adapting to that
demand has been the key to Vettel’s
breaking of the code on how to get the
best from his Red Bull over the past few
years. Into 2012, the technology was
limited by new regulations, and for a time
Vettel’s advantage over Webber was small
at best and sometimes not there at all.
This had also been the case for a large
part of 2010, when the technology was
not present for most of the year.
However, by mid-season, teams were
finding ways around the rules, and this
has only been enhanced during 2013.
The cars now have almost as powerful a
blown-exhaust effect as in the full-fat
2011 season of cold and hot off-throttle/
on-throttle blowing. The bigger the effect,
the bigger has been Vettel’s advantage.
With the banning of off-throttle blowing
since the beginning of 2012 came the
need to destabilize the rear of the car on
corner entry. Because the boost in rear
downforce was coming only as the driver
stood on the throttle, a conventionally
well-balanced car with a stable rear end
going into the turn would heavily
understeer once the driver stood on the
gas. So, generically, F1 cars moved to
becoming less stable into a turn. Red Bull
“seb is totally relaxed to
have the car moving around
beneath him as he turns in –
and not many drivers are”
(MAIN) Vettel celebrates a fourth
consecutive F1 drivers’ title – oh,
and his 10th win of the season and
a fourth constructors’ title for Red
Bull Racing – at the Indian Grand
Prix. Three more wins would
follow for the unstoppable
combination of Vettel and the
Red Bull-Renault RB9 (BELOW).