If you’re counting down the hours to the start of the F1 season like I am, this video should help to satisfy your F1 racing jones for the time being. It’s proof positive that computers are good, but they’re still incapable of understanding human emotion; at no time during the segment does the virtual Sebastian Vettel drive the virtual Mark Webber into an armco barrier, as would likely happen in real life. In any event, the video shows the new Red Bull RB7 chassis in lurid detail, from angles you’d never see in real life.
Red Bull Renault certainly has their work cut out for them in the coming year. In the 2010 season, the team took 9 victories (5 for Vettel and 4 for Webber) and grabbed 15 pole positions (10 for Vettel and 5 for Webber), but the RB6 was an easier car to drive than this year’s RB7. Vettel and Webber must now contend with a movable rear wing and with a supplemental KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) device. Long time tire supplier Bridgestone has left F1, which means that teams will drive exclusively on Pirelli tires in 2011. Despite the changes, Vettel proved to be the driver to beat in early season testing, so I’m sure odds makers are giving him the nod to repeat as series champ in 2011.