Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2011

Vettel: Korea tyres are “very, very aggressive”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel describes Pirelli’s tyre choice for Korea as “very, very aggressive”.


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Korean GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel: “I think, to some extent, we understand why tyre wear was more excessive than we thought, or we need to come here and confirm that I think we have another good chance in that regard, to understand more about tyres as the tyre approach for this weekend is very, very aggressive. So I?m not sure how many stops we will see but surely more than two, maybe even up to five.”

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Mokpo vs Vegas ?ǣ A Tale of Two Races (F1 Vole Blog)

“I?d like Bernie [Ecclestone] to consider introducing a ??What if every round was like xxxxx? test when considering new races. Because if every round was like Korea ?ǣ F1 would be dead. On the other hand for IndyCar ?ǣ if every round was like Vegas, they?d be speeding up the comeback trail.”

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Comment of the day

Hamilton didn’t have a puncture in Japan but that doesn’t mean he didn’t lose tyre pressure, as Coefficient explains:

If the tyres fall off the cliff it means there is very little rubber left on the tyre. Therefore there isn?t enough rubber density to keep the heat in the tyre.

This then allows the gas in the tyre to shrink thus lowering the tyre pressures. The disparity in pressure from left to right can be explained by the track being half clockwise and half anti clockwise and as the lap was incomplete tyre wear was higher on one side than the other causing a more significant temp/pressure drop on one side.

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Jean Alesi also started his final race that day, but retired in a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on lap six.

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