Vips to assume French GP support role for Red Bull

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Vips to assume French GP support role for Red Bull

F2 charger Juri Vips will handle simulator duties for Red Bull Racing during this weekend's French Grand Prix as reserve driver Alex Albon kicks off his DTM season in Italy.

Like other teams, Red Bull relies on its reserve driver to conduct simulator work on race weekend's to help the team tackle set-up issues or test specific settings.

It's not unusual for a driver to spend countless hours in a team's simulator on Friday evenings to grind through settings and changes in a bid to improve a car's performance for the following day.

Albon assumes this often-laborious task for which he was praised recently by Red Bull's Sergio Perez, but the British-Thai racer will be racing this weekend at Monza in the opening round of the German DTM series.

"Vips will take over his duties in the simulator during the French Grand Prix weekend," Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko told Speedweek.

  • Read also: Perez highlights Albon contribution to Red Bull success

However, in the event that one of Red Bull or AlphaTauri's drivers would not be able to race, Vips would be restricted from making his race debut as the 20-year-old Estonian does not hold the mandatory F1 suoerlicence.

Albon therefore remains Red Bull's go-to reserve driver for both its teams and is ready to jump back into the fray, even at short notice.

"Albon remains the reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri," Marko explained. "If someone drops out, he is immediately taken from Italy to France via an airlift for more flexibility."

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Pirelli reveals cause of tyre failures in Azerbaijan GP

Pirelli's investigation into the tyre failures suffered in Baku by Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Red Bull's Max... The post Pirelli reveals cause of tyre failures in Azerbaijan GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Pirelli reveals cause of tyre failures in Azerbaijan GP

Pirelli's investigation into the tyre failures suffered in Baku by Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Red Bull's Max Verstappen concluded that there was no production or quality defect on the tyres.

Both Stroll and Verstappen suffered left-rear blowouts, with the Canadian's failure occurring after 30 laps while the Dutchman's rupture took place just five laps from the checkered while the Red Bull driver was comfortably leading the race.

A post-race examination of Lewis Hamilton's tyres revealed a deep cut in the left-rear rubber which led to speculation that the failures had perhaps been caused by debris.

But Pirelli's investigation has ruled out that theory.

"Pirelli, in conjunction with the FIA, has completed the analysis of the left-rear tyres involved in the incidents that affected Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen during the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix," said Pirelli in a statement released on Tuesday evening.

"This analysis also took in the tyres used by other cars in the race, which had the same or a higher number of laps on them compared to the ones that were damaged.

"The process established that there was no production or quality defect on any of the tyres; nor was there any sign of fatigue or delamination.

"The causes of the two left-rear tyre failures on the Aston Martin and Red Bull cars have been clearly identified. In each case, this was down to a circumferential break on the inner sidewall, which can be related to the running conditions of the tyre, in spite of the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed."

In the aftermath of the Baku crashed, both Red Bull and Aston Martin stated that they ran their tyres to the minimum pressures mandated by Pirelli, a fact that Red Bull repeated on Tuesday.

"We have worked closely with Pirelli and the FIA during their investigation into Max’s tyre failure on lap 47 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and can confirm that no car fault was found," said Red Bull.

"We adhered to Pirelli’s tyre parameters at all times and will continue to follow their guidance."

Nevertheless, in agreement with the FIA, Pirelli will rely on new pressure and tyre blanket protocols in the future.

"As a result of this analysis, Pirelli have submitted their report to the FIA and the Teams," said F1's tyre supplier.

"The FIA and Pirelli have agreed a new set of the protocols, including an upgraded technical directive already distributed, for monitoring operating conditions during a race weekend and they will consider any other appropriate actions."

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