Red Bull: New DDRS not the only winning factor
9 October 2012 – Red Bull has dispelled claims that it only won the Japanese Grand Prix because of a new rear wing device which has improved the car’s straight-line speed. Debuted on the car in Singapore, the Lotus-like ‘Double DRS’ helps stall the rear wing and generate greater top speeds – an area in which Red Bull previously struggled.
Having performed well this season on high-downforce circuits, such as Monaco and Valencia where Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel found themselves in controlling positions, Red Bull had been hindered when it came to top speeds. However, since the new device was debuted in Singapore, Vettel has won both races.
“As with all these things, there's never a silver bullet and I think it would be very difficult to say the car's performance is purely down to a rear wing,” Team Principal Christian Horner is quoted as saying by Reuters. “I think we've made progress in all areas and it's about chipping away at the detail.”
With a quarter of the season still to go, reigning World Champion Vettel now sits just four points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso. At Suzuka, Lotus was finally hoping to race its own much-awaited version of ‘Double DRS’ but again experienced trouble when calibrating the component.