Vettel: Tyres have made Suzuka more challenging

2011 Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2011

Vettel heads for the barrier at Degner

Sebastian Vettel admitted Suzuka has become more challenging with the current generation of F1 tyres.

He said: “The circuit seems pretty tricky this year on these tyres ?ǣ they make the cars seem more alive, so Sunday will be an interesting race.

“Taking 130R with the DRS open isn?t as easy as it used to be!”

Vettel ended the first practice session in the barrier at Degner after going off. He said: “It wasn?t a big mistake this morning, but in that moment I wasn?t 100% awake and mistakes around here can be quite costly.

“I went off and tried to slow the car down, but I hit the wall slightly. It wasn?t a big impact, but it did some damage to the car, so it wasn?t perfect.

“It did affect our run plan a little, but we had a solid afternoon.”

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30 comments on Vettel: Tyres have made Suzuka more challenging

  1. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 7th October 2011, 9:52

    Keith, I can’t seem to see the FP1 analysis article.. Which is a shame, cause I always enjoy reading them for the inside view (which you rarely get on TV), and for the fact that the title makes it seem incredibly interesting!

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th October 2011, 9:58

    He proved it by himself.

  3. Andy said on 7th October 2011, 9:59

    I would’ve thought taking 130R with DRS open would be 100% easier than last year….

  4. SouthPawRacer (@southpawracer) said on 7th October 2011, 10:03

    “Taking 130R with the DRS open isn’t as easy as it used to be!”

    You mean you’ve done it before?

  5. stren (@stren) said on 7th October 2011, 11:12

    So Vettel used to driver with DRS on Suzuka before ? interesting !

  6. MW (@) said on 7th October 2011, 11:24

    I’m sure what Vettel meant to say was “It’s more difficult to take the 130R than it used to be, now that we are using DRS”

    Another plausible explanation is that Adrian Newey invented a time machine which allowed Vettel to practice here with DRS before…

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 7th October 2011, 11:41

    He wasn’t awake? Seems like he was relax as the Wc is his.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th October 2011, 13:38

    Has anyone else tried 130R with DRS open? Well, I guess Mark Webber had a stab at it, but any other drivers from any other teams?

    • vho (@) said on 7th October 2011, 15:21

      FP2 commentary stated that;

      15:04 Hamilton just took 130R with the DRS open
      15:05 Oooh Kobayashi! Kamui drops it in 130R as he tries to take the corner with the DRS open, but somehow manages to catch the car as it spears to the inside before it hits the wall. A great save
      15:10 Schumacher takes 130R with his DRS open, and sets the sixth fastest time despite getting blocked by a Sauber exiting the chicane. He’s 0.8s slower than Button

  9. Johann said on 7th October 2011, 14:35

    Maybe he is thinking in German and speaking English.

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 7th October 2011, 14:58

    “Taking 130R with the DRS open isn’t as easy as it used to be!”

    That’s because you never took the 130R with the DRS open, Seb.

  11. colin grayson said on 7th October 2011, 15:11

    vettel should lose all his points for this season …he clearly went and did some illegal testing pre-season !

  12. vho (@) said on 7th October 2011, 15:24

    Teams are allowed to test parts for next year during practice, they just can’t use it during quali and race. And from memory, several teams started experimenting with different options during practice in the last few races. RB may have been testing the DRS during FP at Suzuka last year.

  13. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 7th October 2011, 17:22

    It wasn’t a big impact, but it did some damage to the car, so it wasn’t perfect

    No, perfect would be when the car was totally written off?
    :-)

    Nice that it’s more difficult to use a Kill Downforce Device than last year. As BasCB pointed out above: last year we had F-Duct and this year we have DRS, which amounts roughly to the same: give the car less downforce, so it can go faster when there’s less downforce needed.

  14. Oliver said on 7th October 2011, 20:32

    How did it affect their routine when it happened at the end of the session.

  15. ob1kenobi.23 (@ob1kenobi23) said on 8th October 2011, 2:48

    In essence the f duct was a drag reduction system so maybe this is what he meant.

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