BRIERLEY HILL, England, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Race ace Prepares for Season Opener in Melbourne
The 2012 Formula 1 season revs up at the weekend (16-18th March) and once again, Red Bull Racing driver and Casio Watches ambassador Sebastian Vettel will start the season as the defending champion.
With the pre-season testing in Barcelona now over, the teams are readying their cars in preparation for the Melbourne GP.
This season, alongside their watches from the Edifice range, Red Bull are using a newly designed car, the RB8. However, chief engineer and designer Adrian Newey has quelled rumours of a radical redesign from the RB7 championship-winning car of 2011.
F1 observers noted that a model was brought in by air from their Milton Keynes base to replace the RB8 that had been used in early testing. There was much speculation on the reasons for the changes to the new chassis. However, following testing by the team it has been suggested that the majority of changes have been carried out to better accommodate FIA imposed rule changes such as the ban on blown diffusers on exhausts.
One major change that has been made this year is to the car's suspension system. It is believed that the new design allows air from the newly repositioned exhaust ducts to influence the aerodynamics of the car. This is used in conjunction with the nose duct at the front of the body, which acts as a damper, and provides air to cool the drivers.
As you would expect with such a successful team, the first and secondary driver positions have not been swapped for the new season leaving Casio Watches ambassador Sebastian Vettel as the lead driver with Webber taking the second slot. At a press conference earlier in the week, the 24 year old was given a huge confidence boost when F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone nominated the Casio Watches fan as his favourite to win this year's world title.
A win would make the watches loving 'race ace' one of the greats of the sport. The only drivers who have won more titles would be Juan Manual who had a run of four consecutive titles in the 1950's and current Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher who had an incredible run of five titles between 2000 and 2004.
For more on the Casio watches range visit the Watch Hut online at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk. The Melbourne Grand Prix begins at 4.30am UK time on Sunday 18th March.
Note to editors
1. The Watch Hut is an online trading arm of DM London Ltd, specialising in designer and fashion watches. The site has been active since 2005 and has become one of the leading names in online watch retail in the United Kingdom. The site is an authorised distributor for all of the items its offers for sale meaning buyers obtain a genuine, manufacturer guaranteed product every time.
2. Casio Watches were established in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. It moved in to the competitive field of watch manufacturing in 1974, rapidly becoming one of the leading manufacturers of watches sporting quartz movements.
3. Red Bull Racing are a Milton Keynes, UK based Formula 1 racing team. They currently hold the constructors title in F1, the highest level of competitive motorsport. Their lead driver Sebastian Vettel is the current World Champion.