F1 » Horner: Abu Dhabi the crucial moment

Christian Horner says third in Abu Dhabi for Sebastian Vettel was the key moment in the F1 title race

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November 27, 2012 5:38 PM

@Reality Check

McLaren had the fastest car overall I would say and a stronger engine than RBR.

When Newey figured out how to switch on the tyres better after the big loss of the EBD the teams performance picked up. As I said in an earlier thread, any advantage was marginal this year and they (and Ferrari) were better at strategy calls than McLaren on the whole. They didn't have a big advantage as your remark seems to suggest.


November 27, 2012 6:30 PM
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Abu Dhabi- Austin - Interlagos. They'd better be viewed as a whole of the three rings. While, points based, Alonso prevailed, it was Vettel who was awarded the title of Lord of the Rings !

James - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 8:53 PM

I've always liked fastest laps, they are a pretty good guide of overall speed, but they can be a little misleading, e.g. a car stops 3 laps from the end for new tyres, which gives it an enormous pace advantage.

superdowg316 - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 9:01 PM

Abu Dhabi isn't the crutial moment.

I'd say it was at the Belgian Grand Prix. Alonso went in there full of confidence. Then Grosjean decided to show off his Kamikaze skills. Red Bull and Vettel grabbed a large bag of points that day and Alonso and Ferrari since pressed the panic button while Red Bull flew (no pun intended) away in this title.

If Alonso hadn't lost out at Spa, he would be the champion


November 27, 2012 9:09 PM

superdowg. and if vettel did not have two alternator dnfs and a gherkin dnf, he would have been wdc two races earlier.

these are all "wot ifs", and are all part of the season.
why, if karthikeyan won all the races, even he would be champion!

Reality Check - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 10:31 PM

@Taz, your points are well taken. My cynicism is directed more as the comment pertains to Ferrari. Obviously it took a while for Red Bull to get its act together, viz. the 40+ point lead Alonso held for a while, but in the back half of the season for Horner to claim they weren't dominant over their main rival (and only rival for the championship in the last few events) is disingenuous. I was at the Austin event and the Red Bull's superiority was plain. For Vettel to be able to turn half the laps of his competitors, then go out, pop off a lap that was faster by eight-tenths (or more) than anybody else, then retire to the pits and wait while everybody tried in vain to catch up, you can't tell me the car wasn't superior. Obviously they have one of the best drivers as well, but that is one stable and seriously quick machine.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 10:43 PM

"I was at the Austin event and the Red Bull's superiority was plain."

I don't think the data bears that out. Vettel did set the fastest lap there, but only by one twentieth of a second faster than Massa. I'm not sure where you're getting your eight-tenths of a second (or more) advantage for RB from.

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