Sebastian Vettel F1 World Champion 2010

Vettel is world champion

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3 key moments of 2010 season

Red Bulls cars crash in Turkey – In a very bizarre incident the two Red Bulls cars crashed during Turkish GP. Vettel went to overtake as he believed that he was faster of the two cars. But the end effect didn’t suit any of the Red Bull teammate.

Ferrari team orders at German GP – Massa pulled over towards the end of the race to let Alonso past. However the stewards imposed a fine of  $100,000 on the Ferrari team.

Red Bulls’ reliability – Vettel could have wrapped up the WDC a few races ago had he had greater reliability. The car picked up 14 poles and 8 wins in the season but still suffered with reliability issues.

 

Five-way title battle

  • If Alonso wins in Brazil, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than fourth
  • If Alonso is second, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than eighth, Hamilton higher than fourth or Vettel wins
  • If Alonso is third, he will be champion unless Webber finishes in the top 10, Hamilton in the top four and Vettel in the top three
  • If Alonso does not finish on the podium, it will go to Abu Dhabi
  • Button can only stay in contention if he finishes first or second but is out if Alonso finishes in the top six or if Webber is in the top two
  • Vettel must beat Alonso on track to stay in contention
1 ALONSO 231pts
2 WEBBER 220pts
3 HAMILTON 210pts
4 VETTEL 206pts
5 BUTTON 189pts
Source: BBC

Turkish GP: Red Bulls crash

Red Bull teammates hit the self destruct button at Turkish GP yesterday. It seems to me that Sebastian Vettel was at fault for turning right a bit early.

Mark Webber blamed his teammate for the crash

“Seb had good a top speed advantage and he went down the inside. We were side by side and then looks kike he turned pretty quickly to the right and we made contact,” said Webber.

Meanwhile, Vettel maintains that the crash was  not his fault

“Obviously, I think if you look at the pictures it was clear I had the inside,” said Vettel. “I went on the inside, I was ahead and just going down to focus on the braking point and honestly, you can see we touched and he touched my right rear wheel and I went off.”

Christian Horner didn’t blame any of his drivers but said they should never have given each other so little space.

Post Spanish GP comment: Reliability might hurt Red Bull run

Red Bull  RB6 again proved on Saturday that it is far ahead of rest of the field in terms of pace.  It captured front row of the grid with more than 0.8 seconds margin. But once again reliability came in way of a 1-2 finish. Sebastian Vettel suffered had his third reliability issue in five races.

Questions are raised whether driving style of Vettel is leading to the reliability issues.

In general, a driver is only labelled aggressive if he is famed for daring-do. But Vettel is a aggressive driver in a different way. His aggression is transmitted over kerbs, through chicanes and under braking. Is it a coincidence, therefore, that his car has broken down, relatively speaking, so frequently? – PF1

A spark plug failure caused Red Bull a win in Bahrain while a wheel problem robbed it of win in Australia.

Questions need to be addressed in Red Bull camp on real cause of the issue. Though, Christian Horner is not perturbed. He says that Red Bull is no worse than other teams when it comes to reliability and cited Lewis Hamilton as an example (Hamilton’s car suffered a tyre puncture in the race)

“Ultimately we have got two cars on the podium and were just three points off a maximum score. So I think the team managed the issue with the brakes very well.”

Dwelling on a smooth sailing victory for Mark Webber might not be a correct strategy for Red Bull, solving its own problem might be…

2009 F1 Season Review Montages

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Vettels wins inaugural Abu Dhabi GP

2009 season ended at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi with a win for Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull driver scored a one-two Sebastian-Vettelwith teammate Mark Webber and World Champion Jenson Button third. This was Vettel’s fourth win of the season and it was also the third time Red Bull scored a one-two this year.

“The car was fantastic, it worked brilliantly on both tyres. it was a pleasure to sit in the car,” Vettel said. “To sum up the season: up and down. The car is getting quicker – it’s a shame the season is ending.”

Race favorite Lewis Hamilton did not finish the race due to rear brake problems. After qualifying on pole yesterday Lewis Hamilton was expected to win the race and end season in style for Mclaren. But after his early exit all eyes turned to Kovalainen and Raikkonen. But Ferrari had a miserable day in office with both Raikkonen and Fisichella struggling for pace. All three drivers finished off points and Mclaren secured third in constructor’s championship.

The otherwise boring race had a decent finish when in the last two laps Webber and Button were fighting for the second place.

F1 season end with huge driver shuffle expected and it will be back with 13 teams (14?), no refuelling, no KERS, no Mosley (:D). 133 days till it all gets going again!!

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