F1 » Minardi puzzled by Vettel's Singapore supremacy

Giancarlo Minardi: I think that a 2.5 sec advantage each lap is really too much. It's like a three-generation-development gap, it's a huge gap...

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September 30, 2013 11:48 AM

rbr have confirmed that they are using tc. they call it .......... V R F :D :D

seriously, I would have expected a far more sensible comment from Giancarlo

All inspections of ecu etc have shown the car to be in full compliance.


September 30, 2013 11:54 AM

A very very good point and issue and almost looks like the work of a Private Investigator! Maybe it will be reported to the FIA too. I hope Red Bull will have the decency to explain the issue, sadly we can all count on the power of RBR to wriggle their way out.


September 30, 2013 12:00 PM

Oh Minardi,we all know you've got a soft spot for Alonso!

Red Bull and Vettel do not cheat..but I understand your point....there was a time Michael won a race with 4 pit stops..FOUR!(Can't remember which race it was) but nobody wanted answers coz he dominated..and today Vettel is dominating too! It would be highly risky n stupid if they cheated trust me..I have zero doubt that they cheated..they just had clean air and on a street circuit like Singapore,u need clean air and u'll easily pull away anyways especially Vettel and he demonstrated it perfectly..so perfect that it brings doubt to people's minds lol c'mon now!


September 30, 2013 12:07 PM

Minardi's key aspects,

1, Vettel's very neat way of driving - Well that always has been and always will be the fastest way to drive.

2, Speeding up 50m before anyone else - Really? think just how far 50m is. On the slow short corners at Singapore he'd have to be accelerating before the corner for that to add up!

3, The abnormal sound of the engine - It's never been picked up on TV even on incar footage and I can't remember anyone else ever mentioning it. Think how many top rival engineers are at every race and they've never noticed it?

4, The 2 second advantage - Hasn't happened at any other track and hasn't happened in qualifying, did RBR just remember to switch the TC on at Singapore?


September 30, 2013 12:16 PM

i think having nico rosberg in second was key to the domination. nico appeared to be driving in a simular manner to his monaco victory. in monaco i think they were lucky with the safety cars. vettel negated nico's efforts by retaking the lead before the first lap was completed.


September 30, 2013 12:16 PM

The other point that's worth a mention is team mates share telemetry, if Webber noticed that Vettel was able to accelerate 50m earlier than him on most exits don't you think he'd mention it to someone?


September 30, 2013 12:17 PM

Factor in the reality that the car in 2nd place while Seb was pulling away at 2sec per lap was a Mercedes.
Now we ALL know from Monaco, & team radio at Singapore, that Mercedes strategy involves driving to a predetermined 'delta' time.
We would have seen Seb - or even Kimi, Alonso, etc - pull away at more than 2sec a lap at Moncao if they'd just managed to get past the Mercedes bus.

For someone involved in F1 for so long, MInardi is showing that he doesn't really understand the sport.
Maybe that's why his team never moved off the back of the grid while he was in charge?

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