Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Milton Keynes, 2011

Vettel: “Pushing hard to finalise 2012 car”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

In today’s round-up: Sebastian Vettel says the team is working hard on next year’s car.


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Sebastian Vettel already focused on making 2012 Formula 1 campaign even better (Autosport)

??These kinds of seasons don’t happen every year but we’re already focused on next season. Adrian [Newey] and the guys are working hard to get the car ready for next year and we move on.

??Being 24, it would be sad to say that has been the highlight of my life and from now on it only gets worse! Even if I retire one day I will still wake up in the morning and think that my best day is still to come.??

Mark Webber says results not age will decide his Formula 1 future (Autosport)

??Mark Webber says his decision on when to retire from Formula 1 will not be based on his age, but on whether he is still delivering results.??

Paul Di Resta: ??Vettel won because he had the best car?? (James Allen)

??We had the same car, same engine, same tyres and I beat him. I don?t want to diminish Vettel?s achievement (this year), but he won the championship because he had the best car. He did his job, but another driver in the same car would probably have achieved the same results. I hope one day to have the same opportunity.??

Mark Webber Challenge raises a million dollars for charity (James Allen)

??The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge has drawn to a close after a five gruelling days, in which Webber himself competed in the early stages.??

Mark Webber via Twitter

??Love driving late at night on English A roads in the winter,high beam on,no big kangaroos jumping out,and turbos loving the cold air. #apexs??

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98 comments on “Vettel: “Pushing hard to finalise 2012 car””

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  1. themagicofspeed (@)
    12th December 2011, 15:54

    For the benefit of the sport,i sincerely hope Vettel and RBR have a shockingly poor season next year. This season was so stale by the end it was like trying to suck water from a corpse in the desert. The last thing F1 needs is another Vettel induced bore-fest. Even if it ends up with my favoured team losing, i hope there is more than 1 person in with a chance of the WDC. There was little point anyone else turning up from the mid-season onwards; it was over already.

    We need a close-fought battle to inject much needed life.

    1. @themagicofspeed – The “bore-fest” was actually induced by the other teams and drivers who couldn’t keep up. If you want a close season, Vettel can still be in the mix like in 2010.

  2. themagicofspeed (@)
    12th December 2011, 16:08

    I’d like to see a lot of drivers/teams in with a shot.. Why not have Alonoso, Massa, Button, Schumacher, Webber, Vettel in a title shot at the final race, and all starting at the back? Now thats exciting, and in complete contrast to this year.

    And in 2010, Vettel was simply in the right place at the right time. If Vitaly Petrov had not got in his way, Alonso would more than likely have been WDC. I consider Vettel only a 1x world champion, and along the same lines, Hamilton 0x world champion.

    1. @themagicofspeed – Petrov had every right to be on the track, and Alonso got stuck behind him, so the idea that Vettel didn’t deserve the title is nonsense. As is your point about LH not deserving 2008.

  3. It seems some Vettel fans are as just sensitive as fans of other top drivers when anyone dares to say anything negative about their hero.

    As ever unless we can see the full transcript we don’t know what was discussed in the interview beforehand or how the question to di Resta was worded.

    I don’t see what was so wrong about what di Resta said, everyone knows that most of the time you need the best car to win the championship and he says that Vettel “did his job”.

    Does anyone think that if another of the top drivers such as Alonso was in Vettel’s position and Vettel at Ferrari that Alonso wouldn’t have won the title?

    People say that the first measure for any driver is against their teammate, and when di Resta and Vettel were teammates and had the same equipment di Resta came out on top.

    It is the way of motorsport that no matter the skill of the driver a certain amount of luck is needed in being in the right place at the right time and having the right backers to make it all the way to the top.

    I think most reasonable F1 fans will acknowledge that Vettel is a special talent and he had an almost flawless season in 2011.

  4. On another note you can really feel the passion in kimi’s interview

  5. I don’t mind PDR’s comment, but I would like to remind him he didn’t even beat his own team mate THIS year and that Mark Webber, “another driver in the same car”, did NOT “achieve the same results”.

  6. “We had the same car, same engine, same tyres and I beat him.”

    And the year before you had a better car and lost to Vettel by almost the same amount of points you had. And Di Grassi beat you like Vettel has beaten Webber this year.

    Your point Di Resta?

  7. In regards to what Paul Di Resta said, I don’t think it’s strictly true. Sebastian Vettel has done a phenomenal job this year, and although if he was in a different car he might not have achieved the same kind of results, I think he would still have been a very serious competitor nonetheless, as he will be for years to come unless he finds himself in an uncompetitive car.

    I do think next year Vettel and Webber might be a little closer in terms of performance, but I do not doubt that Vettel will still be highly regarded as the favourite for taking a third title.

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