Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Lewis Hamilton believes the performance advantage Sebastian Vettel had over his rivals during the Singapore Grand Prix was a true reflection of the Red Bull’s superiority.

“I think that’s the true pace of their car,” said Hamilton during the Korean Grand Prix press conference. “Perhaps they have a lot more in the bag than we get to see.”

“I think in the race, on the restart, everyone was pushing flat out, so there should be no reason why they were able to pull away that much. If you look on the on-board he’s on the power, full throttle at least 20 metres before everyone else which is a huge advantage.”

Hamilton said “there’s nothing you can really do” about that kind of advantage. “We’re always asking for rear downforce, always want to be able to get on the power sooner.”

“The last time I was able to put the pedal down that quick was – what – 2007, 2008? 2007 when we had traction control.”

Vettel was over two seconds per lap faster than second-placed Nico Rosberg following the Safety Car period in Singapore. Rosberg was struggling with understeer due to tyre debris lodged in his front wing, and was holding up the cars behind him.

However Felipe Massa believes Vettel will remain the driver to beat for the rest of the season:

“I think if you look at the last race how was his pace, qualifying and in the race, if you look that few teams will have new pieces in the car from now to the last races, similar to what he did in the last race he’s going to have more victories, I think.

“His pace was for sure better than everybody in the last races, depending on the track, especially in Singapore. Going the track that you need more downforce they always show great performance as well. We see. I hope it’s not like that but the chance is pretty much in that direction that he can have more victories.”

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142 comments on Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton

  1. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 3rd October 2013, 17:27

    I just want to take this moment to actually applaud what Hamilton has said.

    I know Red Bull have been giving it the old ‘we’re not sure if we’ll have that kind of dominance at _______ race’, but Hamilton has said it like it is – they are completely dominating, and a 2 second gap is nigh on impossible to close at this point in the season, especially with the rule changes incoming.

    Fair play.

    And to everyone jumping up and down about the TC comment – c’mon now, get over it. He’s saying the last time he had that kind of traction was back in those days. He’s basically saying the Red Bull is unbelievable. But, of course, everyone wants to put their own tabloid spin on it.

    • @ecwdanselby Where have you been man, the Hammy support group needs full blooded fan like you…

    • Deb Luhi (@debeluhi) said on 4th October 2013, 4:12

      Red Bull was the best car at Singapore but for Lewis to say that the 2s was the real speed advantage that RB had and disregard the circumstances of the race if bit misleading. Lot of people, experts or otherwise, had a look at the reasons for the 2s but from what I could see majority concluded that the speed difference was not that big, other were a bit slower than they could have been. Lewis should’ve had a look at the other side of the garage for one of the reasons. Rosberg was about tenth slower in the qualifying but spent the race arguing with the pit wall about the strategy, slowing everyone else in the process apart from the debris in the front wing.
      And for the TC comment no one asked him about any TC. The question was :”Q: What sort of reaction does that make you have and the team have; what can you do about that? ”
      He started the answer good but the second sentence sounds like insinuation.

  2. Q: Sebastian, there was a lot of hype about the Red Bull ‘traction control’ in Singapore. Can you explain the state of affairs?
    Sebastian Vettel: Well, of course, as everybody witnessed it worked in Singapore. We’d been working on it all Friday and Saturday, and yes, on Sunday it worked perfectly for the first time – when it mattered. I am sure for the races to come that we will be able to enhance the system even further – to profit even more.

    http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2013/10/15032.html

  3. Hamilton, just shut up and drive man!

  4. Really a lot of useful tips.

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