F1 » Vettel does 'awesome job' to nurse car to second


Sebastian Vettel: I hoped it [the gearbox] would recover so I kept pushing, but it didn't happen and then the target was to see the chequered flag.

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Aeromahn - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 10:37 AM

This whole season has been manipulated, with everyone towing the line. Although some were not too happy as could be seen by facial expressions and body language. When will the truth come out? I, for one, am waiting.

1Jez

November 28, 2011 1:53 PM

If all you conspiracy theorists believe that this sport is rigged, then why do you watch it? Perhaps you should stop.

And while you're not watching F1, you can also not comment on stories on F1. That'd be nice.

TC - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 4:53 PM

As to conspiracy theories if his gearbox had run out of oil where did it go? I saw no smoke, no trails on the track and no oil on following cars and their cameras. Then when Mark passed for the lead, Seb had just set the fastest lap then just over the finish line Mark cruised pass effortlessly !
At the finish how much excitement did Mark show when congratulated on the radio, he might has well said 'whatever' in reply the amount of enthusiasm he showed then and after the race. It just seems so obvious that it was prearranged, it does not matter to me much, but it is an insult to our intelligence to say otherwise.

richard

November 28, 2011 5:08 PM
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tc. did you inspect all the cars at the end of the race? it is reasonably normal for cars to have oil on them after a race. you would probably find some on sebs car too.
apart from that, as i pointed out before, the on-car camera on sebs car shows oil splashing up on to the lens. as there was no oil left in the gearbox at the end of the race, how do you think that this happened?
and what happened the gearboxes of senna, lulu and di resta? where these all sabotaged? the mind boggles!

blzbub

November 28, 2011 7:13 PM

The only facts we have to go on were that despite being asked to slow down to look after the car, Vettel continued to set fastest laps, his best of the race was bettered only by Button and Webber, over half a second slower than both, indeed it was an awesome performance, more Raikkonen 2008 French GP!

Matt - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 12:40 AM

No way this was fixed. Last race of the season, all cars using their last gearbox allocated which has already done 4 races and near it's life's end. Louts runs the RB gearbox right ? So that's 2 RB gearboxes that had trouble and 2 other cars.
Webber knew he didn't win in his own right but he knows after all the troubles he has had this year with unreliability and bad pit-stop calls by the team, that he deserved a bit of good luck for a change. He said he would rather of won with a battle with Seb.
Seb also is know for pushing his luck with troubles, remember Spain 2010 with the buggered brakes, he kept pushing and went off the track a few times with Rocky screaming at him to slow down !

TC - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 8:37 AM

Richard, I bow to your superior knowledge! with the gearbox mounted at the rear of the car how would oil get on his own cameras with the massive airflow over the car, did he drive through it on the next lap? In other races with major oil losses the vision from cameras is clearly impaired and other drivers complain about their vision issues.

The gear boxes on other cars just broke but I do not claim sabotage for any of them, I think there was nothing wrong with Seb's gearbox at all it was just an convenient excuse for an imaginary problem which could not be observed outside the team such as a suspension failure or puncture could be.
And as it supposedly failed at the beginning of the race and managed to finish with many fastest laps it would require me to believe in miracles which I don't.

My disappointment was that as it is the last race I will be watching I was hoping for an exiting finish to the season.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 8:47 AM

There is no ban on team orders this year. RBR would not have needed to manufacture anything to get Webber past Vettel. They would merely have instructed Vettel to allow Webber past.
DOH!!

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