raymondu999 wrote:Eh? I didn't think the RBRs were spectacular off the line. They were (relative to McL/Ferrari) probably over the course of the season the worst - though a close third.
I can't help but think that Webber won't be near Vettel again. Maybe not as far as in 2011 - but nowhere near his 2010 levels. I think subconsciously there's probably a fraction of his mind that's resigned - even with Vettel getting hampered by reliability and rookie mistakes (which to be fair - Vettel should have shed already at that stage) in 2009 and 2010 - that he wasn't able to beat him over a season.
Gerhard Berger wrote:Vettel's starts were fine last year. I think he only ever lost positions at the start in China, Germany and Italy.
Asked to pick out the strongest rival to Vettel and his team-mate Mark Webber, Horner responded: "Probably Jenson."
KingHamilton wrote:speaking of start`s any idea`s on why ferrari and Alonso were so quick off the line last season? some stonking start`s from him! McLaren didn`t seem to be to great of the line on a lot of occassion`s.
+29 Schumacher *
+15, Buemi #
+8 Di Resta, Massa
+4 D’Ambrosio, Heidfeld ******
-3 Vettel ######
-8 Hamilton, Maldonado
- 9 Sutil ##,
-11 Button, Alguersuari####
-12 Perez ###
-20 Senna, Barrichello #####
- 23 Webber
* Schumacher had one bad start in Australia, losing 8 places but since then has been the season’s outstanding starter. He gained 9 places in Spa and four in Monza.
** Kobayashi lost 10 places in Spain, prior to that he had gained 8 in 4 starts. He lost 7 places in an incident at the start in India.
*** After losing places in the first three races, Alonso has reversed that trend. His starts in Barcelona and Monza were outstanding.
**** Petrov had a good record until he lost 4 places at the start in Valencia. He was on a +2 balance before Monza where he was taken out at the start.
***** Rosberg lost four places at the start in Silverstone and was on a +6 balance before Monza where he was taken out in the first corner
****** Heidfeld had gained 20 places but lost 12 at the start in Germany
******* Di Resta had consistent start form and gained 7 places in the first nine races, but lost 12 at the start in Germany.
# Buemi made up nine places at the start in Hungary having started 23rd on the grid
## Sutil had a positive start balance until Hungary where he lost 12 places at the start
### Perez lost nine places off the start in Hungary.
#### Alguersuari was doing well with a +6 record prior to Spa, where he was hit by another car and lost 18 places. In Monza he gained 7 places at the start.
##### Barrichello lost 7 places at the start in India
###### Vettel had a non-contact puncture and retired on lap 1 in Abu Dhabi
Mr.S wrote:Pretty reasonable analysis if Mclaren is Red Bull's biggest threat. The tyres are degrading much more than last year,managing tyres will be crucial. Jenson is settling more & more into the team. If he does not have those pit stop & mechanical failures like last year then he will definitely be a big challenger.
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