F1 » Rosberg 'doubts' he can stop Vettel victory

Despite getting Nico Rosberg onto the front for of the grid for Sunday's Singapore GP, Mercedes admitted that they would need external factors to come into play if they're to beat Sebastian Vettel.

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September 21, 2013 8:33 PM
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While Nico's statement was as it could have been expected, Lewiss's one that he couldn't get all out of what the car has been capable of, is not very commonly seen in F1 related media.
Not that it is the first time when he says something similar but try to imagine such a comment coming from any other driver instead (i.e. Alonso).


September 21, 2013 9:22 PM

Even if Vettel runs awayat the start, the SC is almost a sure thing. The race is also very difficult on the car. Its no sure thing that Seb will win. Although I wouldn't bet against him.


September 21, 2013 9:30 PM

I have the same doubts as Rosberg. But as Rob said the safety car can spoil the party, can heat up the battle, can change drivers fortune. But we always had safety cars in Singapore but since 2009 the driver on pole won the race expect in last year venue when polesitter Hamilton retired while he was leading with a gearbox failure.


September 21, 2013 9:39 PM

Any news on the Red Bull gearboxes?

I wouldn't be surprised to see Vettel & Webber take a gearbox change & grid penalty.
Vettel looks far enough ahead of everyone else to still win from any top 5 grid position, & the risk of not finishing due to a dodgy gearbox is too high.


September 21, 2013 9:48 PM

Both RBR cars are on the same gearbox as used at Monza and yes a gearbox change with a grid penalty at least for SV is a possibility as he will still start in front of his nearest competitor.


September 21, 2013 9:50 PM

yep. they are changing gears! :D

seriously, there is no basic problem, some pawls had a sliver of metal off them, and both boxes were opened with fia observer present, and defective parts replaced. the gearboxes have not been changed so no penalty has been incurred.
that s not to say that they would replace the entire gearbox now, but it seems highly unlikely.


September 22, 2013 12:03 PM

Well Rosberg has sent a message to Vettel, I have nothing to loose going into turn 1, Vettel has everything to loose most especially when you hear Grosjaen saying he wants to jump Rosberg before they get to turn 1

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