F1 » F1 2011 Mid-Season Review: It's only just beginning...

Red Bull Racing star Sebastian Vettel might on paper be running away with a second consecutive drivers' world championship crown in F1 2011, but Bev Rimmer contends that the action and drama are far from over yet...

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August 10, 2011 1:46 PM

Red Bull have built themselves a nice cushion in both championships, for almost the first time in two years they are being challenged by ferrari and maclaren at the same time, but are still getting podiums, at MacLaren Martin Whitmarsh may not be the best boss for Lewis Hamilton, but recent results suggest that hei is probably the best one for the team, and his results are usually pretty good when he doesnt have Ron Dennis lurking behind him, or he isnt on some wild goose chase under Ross Brawns direction, Ferrari, is Pat Fry going to be the man who finally solves the teams constant tyre heating issues, they appear to be closing that particular deficiency to MacLaren and Red Bull, the second half of the season looks good.r Ross Brawns direction, Ferrari, is Pat Fry going to be the man who finally solves the teams constant tyre heating issues, they appear to be closing that particular deficiency to MacLaren and Red Bull, the second half of the season looks good.


August 10, 2011 3:27 PM


I agree it is not over and anything can happen, but when I sit down and do the maths and calculate what Vettel's rivals will need to achieve between now and the end of the season, then I am inclined to think he has this one almost in the bag.

Ben M - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 6:31 PM

If anyone's going to seriously challenge Vettel it's only going to be one driver. With Seb starting to back off and settle for 2nd/3rd/4th places there just isn't enough points left for more than one driver to catch him. That one driver will need an amazing string of results too, as the other frontrunners keep taking points off each other. Seb's lead has barely diminshed and we're running out of races...

Oli - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 7:14 PM

Erm, I'm not sure that Bev Rimmer is very bright.

"... the battle for the F1 2011 crown is far from over. If anything, it's just beginning."

No, the beginning was the first race. That was in Australia on 27 March.

I don't particularly like Vettel, that bloody finger thing he does is so annoying. But, the fact is the guy has won more than half of the races this season so far, and the ones he didn't win he has finished second in, in all bar one.

That's 12 races, 6 wins, 4 seconds and fourth. He is winning when he can and usually getting second places when he can't. He is only 22 points off of his entrire total for last season and there's still eight races left. No one will catch him.

Taz - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 9:52 PM


If Vettel has some DNF's then your scenario might be pretty accurate.

They are pretty reliable though it's almost like they'd designed the KERS system with failure in mind..they know it's marginal so make it reliable to be able to by-pass when it fails. How many times has that Kers system failed in some way but they have picked up points.

It's aero-space technology, reliable backup systems.

FIA seem do be doing their best to peg RBR back (arguably) but I reckon the job is done.....seriously bad luck aside.

Crampy - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 11:34 PM

So we have hit the mid season review but doesnt the TV deal still keep bugging us? Heres a few scenarios.
1) Bernie takes some of the £56m he paid for his daughters Regents Park home and ploughs a quarter of that into the BBC coverage (£14m)
2) He sells his share in QPR and gives 10% of that to the BBC for coverage (£10m)
3) He stands up for the UK and the BBC and admit they do s**t hot coverage (they are still the only team allowed to cover from the pit lane) and reduce the global TV coverage fee (say £10m).

Suddenly the £40m annual cost reduces big time, we get free view, no Keith Huewen, the BBC coverage at a fair and reasonable cost and he still make a bomb.

Call me synical............

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