F1 » Vettel: RBR not 'neck-and-neck' with McLaren

Sebastian Vettel may have been pleased with his Australian GP result, but admits that he could not live with the pace of Jenson Button's McLaren.

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Oilspud69 - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 12:12 PM

Since the dominant Schumi/Ferrari era, F1 rules have systematically been tweeked for no other reason than to disadvantage any team that might have an edge over the rest of the field.
This is true today, with reagards to R.B.
Innovation in car design seems to be rewarded with a slap of fresh and pretty useless rules that serve to reward the mediocre and conservative of drivers.
In other words, the present incarnation of F1 is too sanitised to be of any value in judging the ability of any given driver.
You got a good car underneath you, you win, but only if you look after your tires. How can that possibly equate to the ethos of motor racing?

Let Sky pay for unlimited tires and bring back refuelling and maybe just maybe we can finally go back to the good old days when the driver's ability was given room to come to the fore.
Do away with the driver aids and ban the nurse maids moonlighting as engineers. Too many babies on the grid and way too much man management.


March 19, 2012 1:50 PM
Last Edited 1420 days ago

@ Oilspud69

Give it a break, in the good old days they winded up the boost by 200-300hp just to overtake the guy in front then back into fuel conservation & tyre conservation mode with no refuelling, no one in any era until the last decade or so went flat out quali laps the whole race, you think Prost went flat out quali laps for the whole 70 lap race to win his championships? I think not...
Does that mean Prost is not a big talent & one of the best?

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 2:09 PM


Prost never had his engineers tell him to slow it down to conserve tyres. That was a decision each driver in that era made, depending on the track and conditions. It was down to the driver to decide when to come in and when not to, not some nurse maid engineer with dummy and diapers at the ready, in case the baby pilot soiled the cockpit trying to keep up with the constant stream of instructions from the pit.
The drivers today depend way too much on the engineers, it makes for sterile racing.
Don't care much about the circus and them filthy grid walks, just let the drivers get on with it and race.
F1 today, is one glorified high speed cruise, the racing now secondary to sponnsorship demands.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 2:40 PM


Drivers come and go, so I'm not too hung up on any of them. If I could turn back time, I'd rather watch hard chargers like Mansell, Senna and them lot, 24 hrs a day, seven days a week.

However time waits for no man, therefore the only solution is to remain true to the ethos of racing. Man and machine in unison at high speed, competing for top honours, no quarter given.

Today, thanks to Bernie, who cares more for the circus and the sponsorship money,than staying true to what made F1 great, we are left with nothing but a shadow of what the spectacle really ought to be. Bernie's constantly banging on about bringing the costs down, and yet each year we get new rules that force teams to spend more. Go figure.

Fans today care only about their favoured driver, never mind the ethos, and that is part of the problem. Demand more, and maybe all the new money coming in would be put to better use mainting the purity of the ethos.

Racehound - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 2:42 PM

.......I gotta say Oilspud, that is 1 of the best comments I have read for ages and ages!!! Wish Id written that! Encompassing the whole ethos of racing would be difficult for anybody, but you just about got it there! #:) (And I think Gazza is just missing your point slightly in your first post, tho his points are relevant.) I will come back to this a bit later, gotta go out....dammit!!!!

Mark _

March 19, 2012 5:47 PM

Refueling just changed the strategy to passing during the pit stops. I fail to see how more tire changes and refueling puts the emphasis back on the driving. It there were no pit stops at all it would be 100% about the driving.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 5:59 PM


Mighty grateful to you too, 2 PAC. Just wish more fans would see past the smoke screen that Bernie has billowed onto the once noble art of motor racing. The grid is full of average drivers who really ought to be restricted to strutting their stuff on Friday practice, which sadly, is no more, again all thanks to the greed merchants now running the sport.

The sport is now flush with new money, no team should really be allowed to employ drivers based on the money they bring to the table. Sponsors, by definition have interests that are usually at odds with the good of any sport.

Bernie ought to take a leaf out of football, the rules of which have hardly changed over 100 yrs, where the sponsors are kept at bay, as far as amending the rules that govern the sport are concerned.

If rules need amending, then wait 2 to 5 seasons before making any cosmetic changes. Tha's one sure way to save money for all the teams.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 6:11 PM


Tyre changes would allow the agressive drivers to have a fair crack and still allow the conservatives to flourish, and we, the fans win. We can't bottle neck the drivers, because each is an individual and you can't expect them to have the same approach in tackling a given track. Then why call it a sport?
Call it what it is, a demonstration of rubber thrift and not proper racing.

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