A Beginners Guide To Aero By Red Bull Racing

Here is a handy guide to the subject of aerodynamics as presented by Red Bull Racing:

AERO package – The wrapping on a chocolate bar called “Aero.” If your car looks like a bar of chocolate, it probably won’t go very quickly

Rear wing – When very old F1 drivers go to heaven they wear these on their back to get around quicker than normal people

Gurney Flap – Named after American F1 driver Dan Gurney who competed in 86 Grands Prix, winning 4 of them. The first man to win a GP driving a car he built himself (the Eagle-Climax.) He got upset about tools dropping on his head when working on the gearbox of his car, so put a small flap on the rear wing to stop the tools rolling off the edge of the wing

Wind Tunnel model – A fashion term for girls who like to be photographed with their hair blowing backwards

Fifty Percent Wind Tunnel Model – As above but with a very bad contract that means the modelling agency takes half her money

Turning Vain (sometimes spelt Vane) – What happens to a wind tunnel model if you say too many nice things about her

Aerodynamicist – a difficult word to say

Front End Plate – the plate most likely to fall off the edge of the table

Drag – the way time passes slowly for the crowd watching a long procession of cars supposedly racing

Drag coefficient Cd – very boring music that drivers listen to when going down the main straight at Monza

Down Force – Police Force who work on the South Downs near the coast of England

High Down Force – The same Police Force after they have burnt illegal marijuana plants

Low Down Force – How the Down Force feels the day after inhaling the marijuana smoke

Winglets – Baby wings

Lift – What lazy aerodynamicists use to go to their office rather than walking up stairs

Deflector – Word to describe an aerodynamicist when he no longer wants to work for a team and moves to another one

For more F1 educational articles, visit Red Bull Racing from time to time, their sire is full of serious racing stuff.


2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
8. Romain GROSJEAN
10. Lewis HAMILTON
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
24. Jules BIANCHI

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil


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