F1 » F1 Bahrain 2013: Vettel: It was vital to lead early

Sebastian Vettel credited hitting the front in the opening laps for his comfortable run to victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Grass is Greener - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 3:30 PM

Why are there so many "Grass is Greener" posts in all of the Vettel threads on here. He clearly put on a demonstration of how to get the most out of what he had yesterday. And still the bile flows about how he is always in the best car, and if he didn't have Adrian Newey he'd be nothing, etc. This guy is re-writing history and if you are too blinkered to believe that then you very well may be beyond help. Formula one is about getting the most from your car, tires, suspension, brakes, crew, and strategy at every opportunity to maximize effectiveness. Over the past 4 years Vettel and the Redbull team have shown that their holistic approach to the team concept is the most effective the sport may well have ever seen.

Vettel's ego may very well be the equal of Alonso's or Hamilton's. The difference is that he doesn't constantly pound his chest in front of any journo who will listen and tell them that if he had what his opponents had they would be an X time WC. Grass is Greener indeed.


April 22, 2013 3:56 PM

Like Alonso in China, Vettel has delivered a faultless performance masterclass in how to win yesterdays Bahrain GP.
Its early days but i would rate this years championship chances as, Alonso/Vettel , Raikkonen .


You need to get real.

AMG - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 8:04 PM


"wade. alonso only had ONE extra pit stop. the other was for a change of tyres and he was not delayed by it, well, maybe 1 sec.

but what ifs are pointless.

incidentally, the ferrari was faster in a straight line without drs, than the macca was WITH drs open. so the ferrari was probably the fastest car out there."

Alonso not only had to stop one more time, he also had to drive more laps with the two sets of hard tyres.

Since when faster car in straights means faster car? Maybe in the the 80's or in the 70's.

RBR have been the slowest car in straights for the last 3 years and they have been the fastest car BY FAR.

Vettel best time was 1:36.9 in the last laps and I think noone else could drive under 1:38, so I think it was pretty obvious that the RBR was the fastest car.

Angus - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 8:47 PM

It's my OPINION that Vettel is not the best driver on the grid. MY OPINION! Don't be so angry. RB have the best package and have had for the past 4 years. FACT. Surely you can't disagree with that?? Like I have said,Vettel is VERY GOOD, one of the best,but I don't think he 's the best on the grid. He has been lucky to have the best car and team for the past 4 years. He's made the most of it. It's not often that a team is so good for so long. Or is i like John seems to think that it is all Vettel and he is sooooo much better than everyone else.

John - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 9:01 PM

The words "my opinion" don't possess the magical power you think they do.

"RB have the best package and have had for the past 4 years. FACT. Surely you can't disagree with that?"

I can disagree with it very easily. It's not a "fact", its a sentiment, a wish, a desire, an emotional need on your part. It is not a "fact" that "Vettel doing well in a car" is logically equivalent to "that car is the clearly the best on the grid". If you won't learn F1, learn the meanings of words.

Anonymous - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 9:49 PM

Angus, Red Bull are not clearly the fastest team, in fact, I don't think they are the fastest. Vettel makes the car look superb, but in actuality, where the hell has Webber been. Oh yeah, constantly battling for 4th, 5th, or 6th with the occasional win, while his teammate quite literally grabs the bull by the horns and drives the thing. Pace is incredibly close this year between Ferrari and Red Bull (for the most part Alonso and Vettel) for outright pace, but Lotus has the ability to do one less stop per race, making them very dangerous this season, as shown by Kimi in Australia and most recently in Bahrain. Looking like a great season, but again, the Red Bull itself is overrated just a bit with its raw pace, as I think Vettel just knows how to drive the thing.

Angus - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 10:33 PM

was just signing off.... anonymous.... just read yours... sooo...Like I said before I think Webber has never been a top driver,not even close,but he has still won a few in a Red Bull. OBVIOUSLY Vettel is a lot better than Webber. There is sooo many drivers on the grid that are a lot better than Webber. My point is that Webber has never been a rated driver and yet in the Red Bull he is a contender. So by that rational, is Vettel that great???


April 23, 2013 10:01 AM

amg. yeah, i know that there is a difference between fastest in straight line speed (which the ferrari is, per speed trap figures) and fastest over a lap. however, seb set fastest time on lap 55 when the car was lightest, and alonso set the second fastest lap at around lap 35 when the car was heavier. that does say something, doesnt it?

Wacko - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 8:32 PM

RE: LAP 55 VS LAP 41

Vettel was saving his tires to the end. Alonso chose to scorch his early on in the stint to try and make up time while Vettel was Pitting and it cost him late in the race. Look at the traces on f1fanatic and it is clear to see what he did.

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