2013 FoRmula 1 WoRld champIoNshIp
is a million miles away.
Of course, the Red Bull is the fastest
car, and has been for most of the past
four years. However, getting the best
from it is not always easy, particularly
in the Pirelli era. Mark Webber was a
world-class grand prix driver, and yet
even when his Red Bull was reliable, he
wasn’t always able to beat lesser cars,
never mind his teammate’s. The car’s very
high peak performance – particularly with
regard to the tires – requires a bewildering
blend of adaptability and fine-honed
judgment to get the best from it.
As the regulations have tightened
around various technologies over the
years, so Red Bull and its designer Adrian
Newey have devised new ways around
them. And as each is closed off, so another
becomes necessary. It’s led to an incredibly
specialized breed of racecar, especially with
regard to exhaust blowing, where engine
exhaust gas is used to energize air flow over
the rear diffuser and increase downforce.
ith Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive
Formula 1 World Championship already
in the books and his era of impressive –
frightening? – dominance showing no signs
of losing momentum, it’s an appropriate
time to look at just what it is the 26-year-
old German does that’s so special.
There are a few people in the F1 orbit –
fewer and fewer, but still some – who
believe that Vettel is simply a good driver
in by far the best car. Being charitable,
that’s delusional at best, and the reality
Taking the 2013 season as two
halves, the first 10 races saw
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg take
two wins each, with Lotus
driver Kimi Raikkonen and
Rosberg’s teammate Lewis
Hamilton grabbing one apiece.
But in the final nine races, it
was all about Sebastian Vettel
and Red Bull Racing.
a contest FoR a WHILe...
Those record-equaling nine consecutive wins at the end of the season for Sebastian Vettel were preceded by another four from the first 10 races. His total of
13 grands prix wins in a single season equals Michael Schumacher’s 2004 record, but was achieved from a 19-race season, compared to 18 races back in ’04.
SEB RUNS AWAY WITH IT
Le WIs HaMILton
opening lap move is to
gap the field by more
than a second, putting
his “chasers” outside
the DRs activation
window. game over...
Vettel in chilled