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F1 Conspiracy? Is Red Bull cheating?

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by Phoenix, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/red-bull-f1-traction-control/


    Hmmm. Seems Red Bull may be using a form of traction control...

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    Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel is quick. Too quick. The three-time Formula 1 champion dominated the Singapore Grand Prix, leaving his closest competitor 32.6 seconds behind as he took his eighth win of the season.

    In F1, where teams battle it out for tenths of a second, that’s a massive margin. And the secret to his speed is turning into one of the greatest conspiracy theories in modern racing.

    Ever since the Montreal Grand Prix in June, rumors began to circulate that the Red Bull team was using some form of traction control. The system allows drivers to get off the line quicker and get on the power earlier out of corners as the computer optimizes the engine’s output based on the amount of grip at the tires. But traction control has been banned in F1 since 2008, and every race car uses the same engine control unit (ECU), all of which are inspected by F1 management at every race. It would be impossible for Red Bull to slip some kind of traction control system under the nose of the FIA, the governing body of F1.


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    The use of traction control and the points penalty theory are both pure speculation at this point. But Vettel, speaking after his dominant performance in Singapore, tilted his hand when asked whether the accusations of traction control use bothered him.

    “We were playing around quite a lot with it in practice, but the first time it worked was in the race,” Vettel said. “I was quite confident other people would never figure out how we did it. We are pretty proud of the system we have because other people will never figure out how we’ve done it.”
  2. Keifer

    Keifer Active Member

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    Would not surprise me if they were and they are probably not the only team doing it, they have just perfected it more than the other teams. Vettel and Red Bull has picked up where Ferrari and Schumacher left off and will be dominant for a long time.
    I like it personally. With all the parody being forced into other sports (especially football) its cool to see dynasties and dominant teams forcing other teams step up their game.
  3. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    its boring, give em all the same car and watch em race for real......................
  4. Keifer

    Keifer Active Member

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    You can see that at the go kart track at your your local putt putt course
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  5. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    which is more entertaining.
    The first lap is exciting, after that its garbage, and i am a F1 fan, dont get me wrong but the disparity in cars and $$$ makes it sadly predictable
  6. Keifer

    Keifer Active Member

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    It has been pretty predictable this year, I thought Alonso would give Vettel a tougher battle for the championship. F1 has been doing a better job though of focusing on the battles throughout the field and not just focusing on the leader running away.
    Next year is going to be anything but predictable. Kimi back at Ferrari is going to be fun to watch and will definitely make it entertaining.
  7. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    unless ferrari get clos the gap to the red bull it will be the same, tbh places 2-6 are normally a good fight and i enjoy that with webber,lewis,nico,alonso,the two lotus cars and hopefully mclaren next year too

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