F1 2013 – Red Bull using banned traction control?

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Red Bull using banned traction control?

A report from the Italian Autosprint magazine claims that the Red Bull of Mark Webber showed signs at the Canadian Grand Prix that are consistent with the use of traction control – which is banned in Formula 1.

After looking at a picture of Mark Webber accelerating out of a corner after a collision with the Caterham of Giedo Van Der Garde Autosprint report that the markings left by the accelerating red bull of Mark Webber could be consistent with traction control.

“You immediately notice the traces on the track, those are not continuous (usually darker at the beginning and then gradually faded) of a ‘screech.’”

“It is the typical behaviour of a road car that goes ‘jerky’ with the traction control switched on,” reports Autosprint.


  1. Marco
    Posted 18/06/2013 at 15:15 | Permalink

    Yes they used illegal traction control, let FIA strip their championship points on both of construction and driver! Only time will tell…

  2. B@rney
    Posted 18/06/2013 at 16:43 | Permalink

    Consider the source: an Italian F1 web site.

    This is not characteristic of traction control. Traction control should make the stripes uniform, or eliminate them altogether. This is characteristic of a limited slip differential, which is legal under the TR. Because of the low speed/low chassis inertia involved, the alternating pattern also could be the result of the added grip provided by the Coandă exhausts shifting to alternating sides as the exhaust pulses of the V-8 engine also alternate from the bank of cylinders on one side to the other bank.

  3. Wardski
    Posted 19/06/2013 at 04:13 | Permalink

    Are you guys effing kidding. Take a look at Vettel’s Qually lap on http://www.formula1.com. Look at the wheel spin he’s getting between gear changes in the wet. If he had traction control, it would be smooth, no wheel spin.

    The markings left by Webber was probably wheel hop, with his foot to the floor in anger over VDG getting in his road…

  4. Gary
    Posted 19/06/2013 at 07:40 | Permalink

    Its drive train oscillation, see where the wheelspin changes to staggered, Webber has just gone over a rut in the road!!!!! Game over Italian press, nice try but really a complete non event!

  5. BobMendon
    Posted 19/06/2013 at 13:00 | Permalink

    I knew it wouldn’t be long before we had the “Red Bull is cheating” for this season. Ok…let’s get it over with and move on. All the RB haters can have their fun and then we can get down to some serious racing.

  6. Colin
    Posted 19/06/2013 at 21:10 | Permalink

    Red Bull? Cheating? Bending the rules?
    Never. (yeah right)

  7. KevinW
    Posted 20/06/2013 at 13:41 | Permalink

    This story is bogus. 1.) Traction control works by reducing torque under acceleration. When road car TC works in a “jerky” manner, it is under cornering, when the brakes are applied in pulses to control inside wheel spin. This has NEVER been applied in F1. 2.) There are three reasons the marks on the track appear spotted. a.) Suspension oscillation, b.) Tire oscillation (happens frequently with soft side wall construction), c.) Track surface bumpiness. Note that in the photo, the track surface changes at a line. before the line the rubber marks are solid, after they are dashed. This is a leading indicator that the track surface is slightly wash-boarded, which will cause the change in marks. The accusations of cheating using evidence of road car behavior by idiots who do not know how power on, racecare TC works at all, is lame, lame, lame….

  8. HUGE Kimi R FANBOI, lol
    Posted 08/09/2013 at 22:41 | Permalink

    Don´t care about Ferrari or Italian press, but RB are cheating but perhaps not this time?

    They changed gears in the box for Italian GP and thereby stretching the rules under those specific circumstances, it also came out they r up for a long tire test the rest do not have access to yeah?? Mercedes did it a while back and all cries yet now the bulls will do the same, smell of politics here if you ask me..

    Go Kimi!

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