Rivals conspire to uncover Red Bull secrets



Red Bull's three title rivals are conspiring against the team with a common goal -- to rein in the dominance of the RB6 car.

According to Germany's Bild-Zeitung tabloid, the dramatic solution was devised after Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber scored every pole position in 2010 so far, and then pulled even further ahead with developments debuted in Barcelona last weekend.

Bild said the "secret pact" between McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes involves the "exchange of data" about the technical superiority of the latest car designed by Adrian Newey.

Ross Brawn is quoted as saying: "In some areas Red Bull have gone in different directions. Our people are looking at it closely."


And Ferrari's Stefano Domenical is quoted by L'Equipe: "Red Bull has taken a big step forward in performance (in Spain). We saw it Friday and Saturday and with Mark's performance on Sunday.

"This is a reference for us. We are not overstating it but we have to look more carefully at it and understand," he added.

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Grid girls line up before the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
Formula One drivers Mark Webber of Red Bull, Robert Kubica of Renault, Nico Hulkenberg of Williams, Timo Glock of Virgin, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, Rubens Barrichello of Williams, Jenson Button of McLaren, Vitantonio Liuzzi of Force India, Pedro de la Rosa of BMW Sauber and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull pose with a cake marking the 20th anniversary of the Catalunya Circuit being used for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia attends the drivers parade before the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel during the drivers parade.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso during the drivers parade.
Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing leads team mate Sebastian Vettel of Germany and the rest of the field down towards the first corner at the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Mark Webber leads from team mate Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the field during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Mark Webber leads during the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives ahead of McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Mercedes' Michael Schumacher ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
McLaren's Jenson Button leads during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia leads the pack through the chicane during the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Spain.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing RB6 makes a pit stop.
Pedro De La Rosa of BMW Sauber C29 with punctured rear wheel.
The damaged McLaren MP4/25 of Lewis Hamilton returns to the pits after crashing out on the penultimate lap of the race.
Red Bull's Mark Webber during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Mark Webber during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Australian Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
Red Bull's Mark Webber raises his trophy as he celebrates winning the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Mark Webber celebrates winning the Spanish Grand Prix with third placed and team mate Sebastian Vettel and second placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Robert Kubica, Renault R30. Action. World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _A8C6476
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Nico Hulkenberg, Williams FW32 Cosworth. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _A8C7337
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Rubens Barrichello, Williams FW32 Cosworth. Action. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _G7C2841
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 9th May 2010 Nico Hulkenberg, Williams FW32 Cosworth. Action. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _G7C4750
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 9th May 2010 Robert Kubica, Renault R30. Action. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _G7C4806
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Nico Hulkenberg, Williams FW32 Cosworth. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _O3Q3732
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Vitaly Petrov, Renault R30. Action. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C0631
2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 7th May 2010 Robert Kubica, Renault R30 puts on his helmet. Portrait. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C0677
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2010 Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 8th May 2010 Rubens Barrichello, Williams FW32 Cosworth. Portrait. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image GD5D3684
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It was earlier wrongly believed that the RB6 was hiding some sort of variable ride-height system, but Bild reveals that one of the actual reasons for the car's competitiveness is the exhausts.

We reported during the February tests that Red Bull had put stickers on the car to make it look like the exhausts were located conventionally, when in fact they were located much lower.

Bild said the lower exhausts, hidden from view by six mechanics on the Barcelona grid, contribute to the car's superior aerodynamics.

It is also reported that Red Bull could begin using a McLaren and Ferrari-like F-duct system at Istanbul in two weeks.

Gerhard Berger told APA: "They are clearly the championship favourites. Even without the air-duct, Red Bull are the fastest."

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