You can go home again Nigel Mansell
was reunited with the Lotus 81 in which
he made his F1 debut for the reopening
of Lotus’ test track in Hethel, UK. Note the
revolutionary Lotus 88 behind him, too!
The rules might keep changing, but one thing remains constant: Vettel at the top of the Formula 1 pecking order.
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NO STOPPING HIM NOW?
Part one of the FIA’s midseason rules “clarifications” came at Valencia, and the
advantage enjoyed by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing looked bigger than ever
Everything was in flux, they said, after the FIA
“clarified” rules regarding engine mapping for the
The World Champion scored his sixth win in eight races at
Valencia, extending his lead in the championship over
teammate Mark Webber and McLaren’s Button to 77 points. The
gap means Vettel would still lead the championship even if he
missed the next three races. Rivals hoped that the engine
mapping and subsequent rule changes regarding exhaust
diffusers for the following races might effectively do just that,
but Vettel indicated that those hopes were wishful thinking.
“There has been a lot of talk but for us we never really
understood why,” said Vettel. “We will have the same sort of
talk before the Silverstone GP again. Surely it is a step back but
it is the same for all of us, for some more and some less. For the
car based on that concept, cars like Mercedes or Renault, they
will, I think, feel it more than others.”
While Button – who briefly broke Vettel’s crushing
monopoly on wins by forcing him into a last-lap error on worn
tires in Canada – and his boss Martin Whitmarsh held out hope
that new technical updates to the McLaren MP4-26 could yet
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equalize things at Silverstone, teammate
Effective with the British GP, the FIA
Lewis Hamilton, the only other driver
with a win this season, conceded that his
own title hopes were already dashed.
“He has pretty much won it,”
Hamilton said after the race in Valencia.
“It’s finished, really, in the sense of the
championship. Unless he doesn’t finish
the next 10 races, which is very unlikely,
then he is gone.
“We just can’t beat Red Bull right
We just can’t beat Red
now. They would need to fall off the track
for me to beat them. There was over a
second-per-lap difference today. That is
Of course, Vettel is in a position to
play defense if he wants, but Red Bull
team boss Christian Horner says that’s
just not in his DNA.
Bull right now. They would
need to fall off the track
“He is very focused on winning,” said
Horner, who added that even the rare
defeat is also a sign of Vettel’s single-minded approach: “Montreal was all
about winning. He went for it on the last
lap because he knew he had to stay ahead
at the DRS zone, but it did not work out
for him there. His mindset is 25 points.”