bhallg2k wrote:Valencia specialist? How so?
He has quite the record in Valencia.
In 2008 (first ever Valencia GP) Vettel set the fastest ever lap of the circuit in Q2. The STR wasn't Minardi-slow, but it was no BMW/McLaren/Ferrari either.
2009, admittedly the performance didn't look as good, from the surface. But in a Red Bull that (at that stage in the season) developped a taste for the rear tyres when heat and heavy traction demands were involved, it was a good performance considering (4th in quali behind the point & squirt king of 2009 - McLaren and behind Barrichello in a traction heavy, heat-loving Brawn). Then he fell victim to pitlane shenanigans with a failed fuel pump on his first pitstop L15, and his engine blew on L24. He had lost fp time earlier on in the weekend too - to another boom boom engine.
2010 - not much to say. A dominant performance which would've been at home in his 2011 season. I remember distinctly Brundle being confused and asking if Hamilton was leading at the end of Sector 1. Vettel was actually still leading - just that he had zoomed out of the camera picture. His quali lap also became the quickest ever lap of the circuit - replacing his 2008 Q2 lap.
2011 - ditto 2010, and when primary rivals Webber and Alonso pitted, he would be even quicker on his pre-pitstop tyres than Webber or Alonso post-pitstop. He held a 3s gap the whole race and let rip in the last 5 laps, extending 3s to 12s. His pole time replaced his 2010 pole time as quickest ever Valencia lap.
mx_tifoso wrote::lol: I wonder the same thing, but Raymond is one of our "specialists" on here so I'm awaiting a good response as to what a "Valencia specialist" is.