F1 » F1 China 2013: Vettel advantage cut in Shanghai

Sebastian Vettel's fourth place in China enough to preserve championship lead, but Raikkonen closes in...

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April 14, 2013 10:53 AM

It is true and a fact that race strategy is a vital element to winning a race but RBR looks like they will be needing to depend more on race strategies then on having the fastest car as the situation stood before, as they have certainly been caught up with in that department.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 11:34 AM

Redbull didn't have the fastest car this weeked or been fastest so far this year especially in race trim, it's just that Vettel is doing an amazing job and being overlooked, the Hamilton and english speaking brigade will continue to discredit Vettel and spread propaganda about how the car is so fast when it's not, I also guess Webber running into Vergne is also Seb's fault yeah? but dismiss Vettel for the title at your peril, with only 8 engines per season Seb is pacing himself and still leading the title race, nd in the 2nd half of the season when other contender's engines are all worn out we'll see a different Seb again going up a gear and taking the title, it's inevitable, but still great dominant drive from Alonso and showed Massa what race pace is all about, also an excellent drive from Kimi despite the start and damaed front wing.

Alex - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 11:51 AM

Ferrari looks like the fastest car this year judging from the 3 races. Would be fun to see what Alonso's excuse will be (and watch his psyche game unfolds) if he doesn't win this year.

Tyres definitely a mistake. We are deprived of exciting racing as the drivers are giving easy passes and not race each other to preserve tyres. Still a fairly enjoyable race today, especially Seb's last 3 laps. Great start by Alonso and Massa.

Vettel is definitely much better than what the English speaking media and their followers give him credit for. Reading those bias and "out of context type" reporting, one can't help but wonder whether those journalists have been "Op Ed"ed by RB or Seb's competitors... Hmmm....

Never forget - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 12:06 PM

Historically, Vettel and Red Bull are not that strong in this part of the season and especially at a track like this one that has such long high speed straights. That he is still leading at this point is a strong start. Tactically, they did a great job today of maximizing points. They also have their secret weapon, Adrian Newey who always seems to be able to upgrade Red Bull's performance during the season, unlike most of his counterparts. Alonso and Ferrari are much stronger this year, but still maybe not strong enough. Just hate the tires though, as they are really depriving us of the kind of driving we saw the last 5 laps from Seb throughout the race.

take it or leave it - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 12:46 PM

Vettel and Red Bull will be there come season end but yes agree with some Red Bull has been caught by Ferrari and Lotus who could of challenged for the lead if not for the damaged nose on the E21.

The Mercs looks the slowest of the top four in race mode and as Ross said after we are not quite there yet. Im so glad that Lewis is making those haters who were saying he would be driving around with the midfeild in 2013 look like no nothing so called f1 fans.

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