F1 » Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: We got the numbers right, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: Well done to the whole team, to everyone here, to the factory in the background and especially to those who were working on the strategy today

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Dave - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 11:21 PM

Did Alonso not cheat at the end of lap 3 by deploying DRS right out of the final corner? The DRS activation zone is half way down the straight, but Alonso's DRS graphic comes on right at the beginning of the straight, and he gets a consonant boost in speed. Just look on the iplayer. Where's the penalty for Ferrari?

atxsxsw - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 3:40 AM

@Dave I see exactly what you're talking about and no doubt that the DRS light on the TV graphic comes on at the head of the straight, much sooner than Rosberg's. Not saying that his wing was open or not, as it's not visible. Also note the graphic indiates that Alonso had saved some KERS that he was using before it ran out at the end of the lap, so maybe the initial boost we saw was from KERS and not DRS?

Also, I'm not familiar with exactly how DRS is enabled, so I'm uncertain that it's even possible to open it until it's enabled by something at trackside. My impression (admittedly only my impression) is that the gap is detected at one point on the track determining that the car is within 1 second, and then is electronically enabled at the beginning of the ensuing zone. Comments from someone more knowledgable about whether it's even possible to open the wing before the DRS zone?

Text Maniac - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:34 AM

OK whatever happened to Massa ruining Sutil's points run.

Sutil was clearly ahead of Massa. Oh but the race was on Ferrarri owned track. What a shame where there was no comment or even a mention that Massa misjudged the brake point and ran into Sutil which caused him the puncture.

F1 and Bahrain sux.

jojin tutu Elizabeth - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:39 AM

You got it no penalties when the golden teams do it. Sutil just needs to forget that he raced there. Ferrari gets what they want. it's their birthday each time they go Bahrain. who else guzzle more gas...lol.

atxsxsw - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 10:41 AM

@Dave, @Richard I've read a bit more about the DRS enabling system and have found at least one description that points to the system being electronically controlled through the same technology as the cockpit warning lights. I can't vouch for the accuracy of this information, but here's what I read.

The system is enabled in the detection zone by electronic sensors in the track when a car is within one second of the car in front. Normally race control would have control of DRS and disable it until the activation zone is reached via the same technology as the cockpit warning lights. However that cockpit warning light technology has not been working for the first 4 races this season, with the result that once the DRS is enabled by the in-track sensors it is completely under the control of the driver. So, it appears that it is entirely possible and likely that Alonso opened the wing before the activation zone.

In the previous race there were several drivers who had to face the stewards

Dave - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 12:20 PM

The evidence of the eyes tends to suggest that DRS was activated early by Alonso - that Ferrari just took off out of the final corner. I've never seen KERS have that kind of effect on its own, and remember this is against a Mercedes powered car.

It would also be some incredible coincidence if the graphics malfunctioned at exactly the point on the track that you would want to deploy DRS if you had a choice.

I'd love to have an expert from one of the teams or the FIA at least comment on that graphic.

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