Vettel almost jumped the start (Video)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Amateur video from the Japanese Grand Prix shows Sebastian Vettel came very close to jumping the start.

The video shows Vettel’s Red Bull moving and then stopping again before the start was given. Vettel held his lead at the start while Mark Webber, who started second, lost his place to Robert Kubica.

The start is at 4’30 in the video above.

It’s the second time this year video of a car seeming to jump the start has emerged after a race.

At the Belgian Grand Prix Felipe Massa appeared to jump the start having pulled up ahead of his starting position, but escaped without a penalty.

Fernando Alonso jumped the start at the Chinese Grand Prix, overtaking both the Red Bull drivers from third on the grid, and was given a drive-through penalty.

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  1. So was it a jump start from Vettel or not?

  2. No

    (comment was too short) :D:D

  3. doesn’t look like a jump start, cars generally move a little at the start when they select first gear before lights out.

    1. There appears to be so many different opinions. That i am convinced we have to rely on the sensors to give a fair and unbiased reading as to wether there is a jump start or not.

      1. I agree that we should just rely on the sensors, based on different opinions. Although Massa’s Belgian GP comes to mind.


  4. The car doesn’t move, apart from the initial select first gear which all drivers go through. The only way to fully prove it is onboard and sensors and then you can see with your own eyes.

    Unlike Alonso which was blatantly obvious he moved 1 tenth of a second before lights out, so if vettel jumped it would have to be much slower because it isn’t obvious.

    1. I agree that 1/10th of a second is not much. Vettel even won the pole by less than that.

  5. What is the rule? If you jump start & then gain a advantage by making places then you are penalized but you are ok if you don’t make up places.

    1. No, because Fisi once made a false start and got a drive-through despite having lost a place instantly (if that’s a criteria for gaining advantage).

    2. Obviously no, otherwise the pole sitter could jump every time without gaining a place as he is in front.

  6. Mark ! i think you have the answer. Vettel could have moved, but in that split second of time before the lights went out, was stationary. Not being a Vettel supporter i would have liked it proven otherwise and a drive thro penalty imposed. But we have to be fair and decisive especially at this critical stage of the season.
    Come on Mark Webber !

    1. I had a look at the actual rules and there is surprisingly little relevant to ‘jump starts’.

      In 38.9 it says “When the cars come back to the grid at the end of the formation lap, they will stop on their respective grid positions, keeping their engines running. There will be a standing start, the signal being given by means of lights activated by the permanent starter. Once all the cars have come to a halt the five second light will appear followed by the four, three, two and one second lights. At any time after the one second light appears, the race will be started by extinguishing all red lights.”

      There is nothing in there about where they have to be positioned in their grid box, nothing about them not being allowed to move. The only reference is that “there will be a standing start” and so one assumes that only applies to them being stationary at the moment the lights go out and in between they can move forward within their grid box as much as they like.

      Maybe Vettel was trying to twitch Webber into making a jump start a bit like the way 100m runners do ? :)

      1. Nah ! Vettel would’nt do anything like that to his team mate !

  7. Just for fun, every driver should jump the start at the same race. The stewards would really have a headache!

    1. dyslexicbunny
      12th October 2010, 13:43

      Hey, don’t you put out any crazy ideas.

      And if you really want the stewards’ heads to ache, every driver should get out as soon as the lights come on and sprint an entire lap before getting back in their cars.

    2. Yes then see them all get a drive thro penalty……..wooooooooooo hoooo what fun.

  8. No, it was a perfect start just like the way he drove the entire race ;)

    1. The only time he is safe is when he is out in front, amongst other cars then lookout, he is bloody dangerous !

  9. Senna used to do it all the time. Any karters will tell you that momentum on the wheels makes a huge difference at those low speeds.. Check it out

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