Kiwi Wings Clipped
Brendon Hartley, Robert Wickens, Scott Speed and Mika Maki all have one thing in common; Red Bull gave them wings and then clipped them when they did not live up to the high standards set by one-time Grand Prix and Le Mans winning driver, Dr. Helmut Marko, the right hand man to Red Bull matador Dietrich Mateschitz.
Hartley, a native of New Zealand, has been in the Red Bull brigade for four years. Much was expected from him when he was placed in the British F3 championship, but was beaten to the title by his teammate and current Grand Prix driver Jaime Alguersuari.
This season Hartley was placed in the World Series by Renault and was also named Red Bull/Toro Rosso test driver. However, the career of talented driver from Palmerston North has gone south and he has played second fiddle to Australian Daniel Ricciardo from Perth.
Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who is having a successful British F3 campaign this year, has been named as successor to the 20-year old Hartley in World Series by Renault.
Chris Amon, the luckless F1 driver for Ferrari, said Hartley’s dismissal from the Red Bull programme is a huge setback for his fellow countryman to reach the top flight in motor racing.
– Nasir Hameed
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m19.574s 17 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m20.058s + 0.484s 15 3. Alonso Ferrari 1m20.724s + 1.150s 19 4. Kubica Renault 1m21.066s + 1.492s 19 5. Massa Ferrari 1m21.264s + 1.690s 16 6. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.376s + 1.802s 17 7. Petrov Renault 1m21.399s + 1.825s 15 8. Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.422s + 1.848s 18 9. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.473s + 1.899s 18 10. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1m21.513s + 1.939s 18 11. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m21.705s + 2.131s 19 12. Schumacher Mercedes 1m21.939s + 2.365s 15 13. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.151s + 2.577s 21 14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.337s + 2.763s 20 15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.427s + 2.853s 19 16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.508s + 2.934s 22 17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m22.918s + 3.344s 14 18. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1m23.708s + 4.134s 8 19. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1m24.547s + 4.973s 19 20. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1m24.576s + 5.002s 22 21. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1m24.623s + 5.049s 22 22. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m24.805s + 5.231s 17 23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1m26.479s + 6.905s 21 24. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1m27.176s + 7.602s 21