Vettel: Mapping changes making no difference
27 July 2012 – Sebastian Vettel claims that the changes made to Red Bull’s mapping software have had no difference in car performance, but does admit that he would revert to his German Grand Prix settings if he was able to.
In a rain-affected second practice session at the Hungaroring on Friday, the World Champion finished in eighth place with team-mate Mark Webber 14th.
“No,” Vettel said bluntly when asked if the torque-related modifications are having an effect. “There is a lot of talk but you wouldn’t be too interested in all of that if you knew what was going on in the background. There will be a new newspaper tomorrow, with something else in it. We are just focussing on the race here.”
When quizzed over how much of a difference the changes are bringing, Vettel replied:
“Much less than what people expect it to be. Yes, if we had the choice we would like to go back to what we had at Hockenheim, but it’s difficult to measure.”
Last weekend, the FIA was unable to disqualify Red Bull because the wording of the regulations was not strong enough to do so. The Milton Keynes-built cars were using reduced torque in the mid-rpm range to take greater advantage of hot, flowing exhaust gases which were creating more grip at the rear end. Exhaust-blown diffusers, which were designed for such purposes and are now banned, were a crucial element for Red Bull last year.