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Flat Spot On: Red Bull Racing Trivia Contest

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 17 2013

Mark Webber and Red Bull are going their separate ways. But before they do... (Formula One file photo)

Each year about this time my wife Elaine and I host our friends who are Formula 1 fans to commemorate the season. There’s usually some sort of contest involved and this year I conjured up this fairly tough trivia contest on Red Bull Racing, to honor the team,

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

After 12 seasons in F1, Webber is moving on the sports car racing with Porsche in its new LMP1 hybrid in 2014. So many of the questions are about the square-jawed Aussie and are not necessarily confined to the Red Bull segment of his career. (The longstanding group we host is formally known as the Atlanta Fantasy Grand Prix League. The group began as a betting league and has been around for more than 15 years. We are now to the point in our lives where longevity and stick-to-itiveness are very much admired traits, hence an emphasis on Webber.)

Autosport magazine, where I have contributed for 30 seasons, is the source of the answers – although there are now some who don’t believe anything unless it’s on the Internet. The answers are at the bottom for those who want instant results. Obviously, you can google almost all of them. But if it’s a true test you want, then take ten minutes and see how many you get right before going to those hand-held devices or the laptop. Or, check the answers down below.

1. Sebastien Vettel won his first Formula 1 race in 2008 driving for which team?

a.) BMW Sauber b.) Scuderia Toro Rosso c) Red Bull Racing d) Eddie Jordan Racing

2. Mark Webber drove his first Formula 1 race in 2002 in which car?

a.) Minardi-AsiaTech b.) Minardi-Hart c.) Minardi-Cosworth d.) Minardi-Peugeot

3. What year did Mark Webber join Red Bull Racing?

a.) 2005 b.) 2006 c.) 2007 d.) 2008

4. Who was Webber’s agent when he signed with Red Bull Racing?

a.) Niki Lauda b.) Flavio Briatore c.) Helmut Marko d.) Jay Leno

5. Vettel established what record this year?

a.) Most victories in a season b.) Most poles c.) Most consecutive victories in one season d.) Most single digit salutes

6. When eight teams boycotted the U.S. Grand Prix, which team was Webber driving for?

a.) Red Bull b.) Williams c.) Jaguar d.) Penske

7. The all conquering RB9 was designed by Adrian Newey. It was his ____ car design for Red Bull.

a.) seventh b.) eighth c.) ninth d.) tenth

8.) During which off season did Webber break his leg in a bicycle accident?

a.) 2008-2009 b.) 2009-2010 c. 2010-2011 d. 2007-2008

9. Red Bull Racing was created from which team in what year?

a.) Stewart Racing/2003 b.) Jaguar/2004 b.) Jaguar/2005 d.) Scuderia Toro Rosso/2004

10. (Wild card) Who was the F3 driver nicknamed “Bubbles”? (Hint: think of the movie Rush.)

Be advised that some of the questions are tricky, so PAY ATTENTION.

DO NOT CROSS THIS LINE (unless you want early answers).

Beware, answers soon to follow.

Answers up next.

See answers below.

Watch out! Answers are not printed upside down.

Not yet. Don’t peek.

Yep, almost there.

Burma Shave.

1.) b; 2.) a; 3.) c; 4.) b; 5.) c; 6.) b; 7.) b; 8.) a; 9) b; 10. “Bubbles” Horsley was the first F3 driver for Hesketh Racing before he was replaced by James Hunt. “Bubbles” then became the team manager.

– Jonathan Ingram can be reached at jingram@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 17 2013
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