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Vettel: "Race pace miles behind 2009 and 2010"

  • Published on 01 Apr 2016 13:39
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Sebastian Vettel has hit back at suggestions speeding up the cars for 2017 is not the right direction for F1. With the tyres and cars set to be wider next year, and the wings bigger, world champion Lewis Hamilton and others are concerned the real problem - the lack of genuine overtaking - is being ignored.

Indeed, that feeling is now becoming so widespread that there are rumours F1 could back-paddle on its 2017 plans, particularly because Hamilton's pole in Australia was actually empirically fast. His laptime was just three tenths off Vettel's qualifying record of 2011, set in his V8-screaming Red Bull, and actually faster than Michael Schumacher in 2004, during the so-called 'glory years' of cornering speed and V10 power.

Vettel was quoted by Auto Motor und Sport on Thursday: "The problem is not the speed on a qualifying lap. The problem is the race. We are miles behind the pace of 2009 and 2010, because the cars are too heavy, we're carrying so much fuel and because the tyres degrade too much," said the Ferrari driver.

Asked what his solution would be, Vettel answered: "I would get rid of the hybrid technology and return to conventional engines. What we have now is responsible for many of the problems that we're currently dealing with." (GMM)

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  • viktoraxel

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    Why dont they move t9o something like V8 hybrids. More sound and horsepower.

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    • Apr 1 2016 - 17:06
    • A hybrid V8 would be too big and heavy for it to make sense. Such a big unit would reduce aero and handling drastically, and thus the cars would likely be even slower. Besides, power gain wouldnt necessarily be drastic. But the tyres do need to improve, I really think thats the main problem. All engines are significantly stronger this year, yet times arent proportionally bigger, so the only logical answer is that the tyres this year are worse, and that seems to add up with what several driver says. And maybe increase fuel flow.

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      • Apr 1 2016 - 18:21
  • viktoraxel

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    The could also remove the fuel flow limit and have better tyres. You could also give the teams a bit more freedom Like on the front wing and body work.

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    • Apr 1 2016 - 17:30
    • Vet5

      Posts: 225

      Definitely agree with you there! Take away the fuel flow limit with tyres that done delaminate so quickly so the drivers can push for more than 3 laps! F1 is basically a new style Endurance GP, total pish!

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      • Apr 4 2016 - 13:40

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