Like a bull to water: Horner’s Wet Bulls pray for rain

1 05 2009

 

Wet Bull gives you fins

Wet Bull gives you fins

I’m not one to speculate, but I reckon a little rain dancing might be taking place in Red Bull’s Milton Keynes factory as we near the Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

I even hear on the grapevine that British customs reported a notable rise in the number of Native Americans entering England, bound for Milton Keynes.

Malaysia and Shanghai demonstrated that the Bulls are superior handling cars in wet weather, due in most part to their impressive levels of mechanical grip. Jenson Button was even quoted saying that “he couldn’t get near the Red Bulls in the wet”.

In the short term, this means Red Bull’s results are likely to be good in races that end up being reasonably wet.

Even better news for Red Bull is that mechanical grip is harder for teams to improve upon than aero grip. Unlike aero grip, where new parts can be bolted on willy-nilly, mechanical grip is derived from the car’s chassis and suspension; improvements require “wholesale” changes to the car’s structure.

In short, Red Bull’s relative advantage should remain for quite a few races.

Add to the mix a double decker diffuser, combined with a few other bits of Newey brilliance and Red Bull may start to give Brawn trouble in the not so wet races…..

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