Simple solution keeps heat in Red Bull tyres

By on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Photo credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Red Bull is using a simple yet clever solution to heat the tyres and brakes before Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber pull out of the pits.

In 2005, the FIA banned systems like one used by Toyota that heat the inside of the wheel rims.

But there is nothing to stop teams from deploying strategies in the privacy of the garages, as Red Bull has been doing since Belgium, according to F1's official website.

The team places a pre-heated aluminium cylinder inside the brake ducts which is then removed by mechanics wearing heat-resistant gloves before the car leaves the garage.

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