F1 » David Tremayne: Vettel dominates at Spa

Three time Guild of Motoring Writers Journalist of the Year Award winner David Tremayne casts his eye back over the Belgian Grand Prix and a win for Sebastian Vettel…

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August 28, 2013 2:35 PM

"...and simply drove past Hamilton's Mercedes as if somebody had chained it to the fence. "
Nail kicked right on the head by DT.
Well, TBH, it is not the first time when such a fence acts in Seb's favour (2011, passing Alonso anyone ?) but, since then, I think it is maybe the first time when ''the fence'' reappears so obvious.


August 29, 2013 1:16 AM

Well he obviously hates Maldonado. Not that I like him or anything. He was cut off by Sutil and that caused his car to go straight into Di Resta after contact. And I've never defended bone headed Maldonado.


August 29, 2013 11:24 AM

Have to disagree
Vettel went past Hamilton in his less powerful Renault engined car because he nailed it and then pulled out a gap to annul the chance of drs being used. Racecraft, pure and simple and the reason Vettl has won the last 3 championships and haeding for his fourth.


August 29, 2013 12:15 PM

I agree with tomcol.

I don't think the RedBull was faster in a straight line at all. Vettel just got a MUCH better run through Au Rouge than Hamilton did. You can see it quite clearly on the replays - he nailed Au Rouge and Hamilton didn't.


August 31, 2013 6:51 AM

I love listening to people try to convince themselves RBR dont have a fast car in the straight line :) Who was at the top of the traps that weekend. Lolz. Give me a freaking break. Ignorance is Strength :)


August 31, 2013 8:51 AM
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pcxmerc. spa was the FIRST time that rbr have had a car geared for top speed. they took nearly all aero off the car, whereas others just adjusted their aero. they tried two methods in fp, one with virtually no rear wing, the other with more pressure on front and rear wing. both drivers stated they could handle the reduced grip, so they went with the tiny rear, and it worked! they then geared the car to take advantage of the lower drag on the long straights.

ps. they may of course also have added a turbo to the exhaust. the increased efficiency meant that they did not have tocarry as much fuel. it all helps!

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