n smikle wrote:And when I say non-wining car I really mean it! As an honest and unbiased viewer I actually do believe that Vettel could have won every single race of 2011.
1. China - wrong strategy by team
2. Canada - skid off the track (it happens to every one)
3. Silverstone - Pit stop error by team
4. Germany - Got scared in front of the home crowd and under performed. - could have won.
5. Hungary - Got scared in front of the Bossy and pitstop error. - could have won.
6. Japan - Pit too early and Got caught in traffic
7. Abu-dhabi - Tyre Failure
8. Brazil - Gearbox failure
Yerp - he could have had 8 more wins.
Anyone who doubts the potentially unstoppable combination of Vettel and RB7 must be deluded.
He could have had 8 more wins; but the whole point was that he (and Red Bull) DID make those little mistakes. You don't win races by being bad at pitstops, or bad at strategy. It has to work side by side with the car's pace. About Canada; Silverstone. Let's face it, he probably wouldn't have won. If Seb hadn't pushed that hard on Lap 70 in Canada; he would've been in DRS range, and we saw that day DRS was well easy. Silverstone, Alonso was carving everyone's bollocks into pieces when he got out in the lead. He was pulling over a second a lap from everyone else.
Germany I think it's more a case that Vettel is rather rubbish at the Nurburgring. He could have won Hockenheim; he got pole there last year too; so it wouldn't be home pressure, I don't think. Hungary I don't remember a duff pitstop?
Shrieker wrote:And you can't explain everything about the huge gap between the two team mates with the tyre brand being different from 2010.
No, but you have to remember there are also many changes such as the change to throttle retarded ignition; the inclusion of DRS and KERS, and a few other things. The Red Bull system was alleged to have started retarded ignition in Valencia. Since Valencia 2010, Mark Webber has never outpaced Vettel.
Seb has always out qualified and outraced Mark; except for Silverstone (punctured by contact with Hamilton’s left front endplate), Hungary (Seb got a drive through), Belgium (hard to say about qualifying given that Mark was the only one to take the weather seriously – his pole was more of timing than pure outright speed. In the race Seb had the measure of Mark, just that he had a penalty, and had 2 collisions). Monza qualifying is the only time when Sebastian was truly outdone by Mark