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Sebastian Vettel: We need to try a couple of things now overnight to improve and take a step forwards...

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Sri - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:00 PM

@John. There will always be people who will be disadvantaged whenever rules change. Pirelli did mention last year that the rule changes this year were done primarily to increase the number of pitstops as the latter part of last year season saw very few pit-stops to their or "fans'" liking. To spice things up they said they will bring tyres this year that will degrade more and force people to stop more. I think a BIG hint has already been given to the teams last year itself. Many teams perhaps chose to ignore it and may be Lotus paid more attention to it? Also why should RedBull try to be very aggressive in their design by trying to get pole in quali and thereby affect their race trim? They chose to stick to their last three years' game-plan of running away from pole and found that it is not working this year. So as now they are forced to "race" with others in quali and in race, they make all sorts of accusations. Ferrari did not publicly complain yet. RB are finding it hard that they h

Sri - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:04 PM

contd ....RB are finding it hard that they have become mortals like other teams. I'm sure Newey & co. will find some new gizmo in a few races restoring their supremacy and everything will become quiet then.

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:49 PM

"There will always be people who will be disadvantaged whenever rules change."

You are stubbornly missing the point. The rules are changed specifically to disadvantage certain teams. I'd hope anyone who follows F1 half-way seriously is aware of this. The FIA fiddles with the rules to try to prevent one team from dominating.

Which is fine, as far as it goes. It becomes a problem when the result of their fiddling is that some OTHER team dominates. I know this is hard for some to accept, but Kimi wrapping up the title with four races to spare is NOT in fact preferable to Vettel winning it in the final race.

Richard Harris - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:52 PM

I can't understand what everyone is going on about the tires for. We have had one race out of the 19 scheduled this year so I see no reason for all this chatter. A good team will work around the problems and fix whatever they are. This is also why they have three practice sessions at each race, so the teams and/or drivers should quit the complaining and either fix the problem or drive through it.
These drivers are paid pretty big bucks to race so get out there and drive.

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:57 PM

"RB are finding it hard that they have become mortals like other teams"

Like many around here, you have a ludicrously exaggerated opinion of how good the RB cars are and have been. Their "supremacy" was hard to detect last year. Here's a news flash for you - the fact that a driver you don't like wins the title does not automatically confer a supernatural degree of mechanical superiority on his car.


March 22, 2013 8:25 PM

F1 races to a constructor's championship so if there is a tyre war it will be a joke to award a constructor championship to a team, with tyres being such a dominant factor it is good for F1 to have a single tyre supplier.
This year with the type of tyres requested by the FIA tyre thermal management is critical and not easy to maintain on both front and rear tyres equally during a race where the car is starting the race 150kg heaver than at the finish.
There is a huge difference between achieving tyre thermal equivalency between front and back tyres for qualifying and for a race duration as witnessed by the reversed pace of the RB9 and the Lotus between qualifying and the race.
Mclaren was the first to try controlling heat to the tyres from the brakes, RBR tried doing so on the rear and had been stopped in Canada, Lotus has been experimenting since last year and seems to have refined it best.

Darth Vader - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 8:37 PM

Glad Red Bull are complaining " Welcome to the rest of the pack"!

Now we can see what the fuss is all about with Vettel, I already know Lewis is 2secs faster according to TOP GEAR!!!

Sri - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 9:12 PM

@John: Kimi wrapping WDC in 4 races is impossible mathematically. Also he winning all 4 races is doubtful as Lotus may not have that distinct advantage over others for that long. But he may be in the mix for sometime until Ferrari and RB will win the development race eventually.
RB had advantage of aero over others in the last few years and it was therefore a distinct advantage or "supremacy" - everyone knows this. Just because they made a mess of WDC chase for 2 of the last three years does not mean they were at the same level as others. This does not mean Vettel is not a very good driver, if you think that is what I'm implying. By the way my favorite driver is Vettel, but I have had enough of aero supremacy - bring on the tire supremacy. After all there is always one factor that will determine the WDC every year (be it driver/engine/tyre/aero/chassis/strategy/wet-dry etc.).

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 9:33 PM

"Kimi wrapping WDC in 4 races is impossible mathematically. "

I didn't say anything about him wrapping up the the title in four races. I said wrapping up the title with four races TO SPARE.

"RB had advantage of aero over others in the last few years and it was therefore a distinct advantage or "supremacy" - everyone knows this."

No, everyone does not know that. Some people want badly to believe it. You have a warped understanding of epistemology if you can't make the distinction between the two different things.

"my favorite driver is Vettel"

Mine is Massa. So?

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