The Red Bulletin used to be Red Bull’s light-hearted magazine poking fun at the world of F1. Now it’s Red Bull’s light-hearted magazine but it focuses on all-round cultural and sporty stuff, and it’s now also available as an iPad app – check out the website to see what I mean.
They haven’t totally abandoned F1, by any means, though. This month, former Autosport editor Anthony Rowlinson and Werner Jessner have compiled an impressive series of interviews with the men that made The Man, i.e. 2010 and 2011 F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Included in there are chats with Christian Horner, Helmut Marko and race engineer Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin (the French guy you hear on Vettel’s radio, who is apparently 41, which I didn’t know) of Red Bull Racing, and also other figures from Vettel’s career – former BMW Motorsport boss Dr Mario Thiessen who first stuck him in an F1 car in a race weekend, Toro Rosso’s Giorgio Ascanelli, Vettel’s Toro Rosso race engineer Riccardo Adami with whom he won his first race, Carlin Motorsport’s Trevor Carlin who ran him in the lower formulae, paddock veteran Ann Bradshaw who worked with him at BMW, and the owner of the Michael Schumacher Karting Centre in Kerpen, Gerd Noack, who spotted his enormous talent at a very early age. There’s a nice spread in there of well-known figures in the F1 paddock and those who perhaps don’t get as much attention.
Have a read – it’s a good laugh, it’s not too demanding and you will learn something, even if you’re an F1 expert. For instance, I didn’t know that Helmut Marko was a barrister, or that Christian Horner has his own (strictly unofficial) fan club called the ‘Hornettes’. There’s also loads of stats and the interviews themselves, which are quite revealing in places. So yeah, check it out in the magazine – find out where you can get it on the website, redbulletin.com