Vettel can match Ascari’s nine-in-a-row – Hamilton

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Alberto Ascari, Ferrari 500, Nurburgring Nordschleife, 1952In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton, the last driver other than Vettel to win a race in Hungary 12 weeks ago, believes his rival can match Alberto Ascari’s record of winning in nine consecutive race starts.


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Vettel?s in line to make it nine, says Hamilton (Metro)

“If he doesn?t have any reliability issues, most likely. He?s just walking it.”

Christian Horner: “The way he?s driving at the moment is quite supreme…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

Mark [Webber] got pretty close today, so it will be great to see Mark win a race before the end of the year as well.”

Revised tyres hampering Raikkonen (Autosport)

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane: “He doesn’t like the front end. He doesn’t like the turn in. It is not sharp enough for him. But, if you try to sharpen it up too much, you then lose the rear.”

Sebastian Vettel has faced criticism that is both personal and unfair (The Guardian)

“While it is understandable that many may lament the season as boring, it is less fair to direct that ire at the man whose task is to win the championship and because he will have done exactly that four times on the trot. Beyond a shadow of doubt any other driver would not consider for a moment that their role was to entertain or extend the season to its finale with a title at stake. Nor can one imagine the same expectation or the same opprobrium being directed at a British driver in similar circumstances.”


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Some more Japanese Grand Prix statistics from @Andae23:

Sebastian Vettel has won five of six races in Asia this season so far. The last time he won fewer than three race in Asia was in 2008, when he scored his first win.

Esteban Gutierrez became the first rookie to score points this season ?ǣ we had to wait until the fifteenth round for it. The last time the wait for rookies to score was that long was in 1998, when Esteban Tuero and Tora Takagi failed to score a single point that year.

Valtteri Bottas still hasn?t scored a point. The last driver who started more than two races for Williams and didn?t score a single point that year was Alessandro Zanardi in 1999. Sadly the last driver to do so before Zanardi was Ayrton Senna in 1994.

For the first time this season, neither Mercedes managed to finish in the top seven.

Max Chilton has still finished every race he started. This levels him with Lewis Hamilton, who also managed to finish his first fifteen Grands Prix. He is one race finish away from Tiago Monteiro?s record.

After Paul di Resta finished his streak of six consecutive points finishes, he hasn?t scored a point in the last seven races.

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On this day in F1

Nelson Piquet won his second world championship 30 years ago today in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami.

Three drivers went into the final race with a shot at the title: Piquet was two points behind Alain Prost while Rene Arnoux also had an outside chance.

Arnoux’s slim chances were ended by engine failure after nine laps. Just before half-distance Prost was out too. So Piquet handed the lead to team mate Riccardo Patrese and stroked the car home in the third place he needed to reclaim the title.

Piquet was reunited with his title-winning car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year:

Here’s the start of the race:

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134 comments on Vettel can match Ascari’s nine-in-a-row – Hamilton

  1. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 15th October 2013, 11:37

    Metros headline over Hamiltons statement on Vettel is a bit exaggerated.
    Nonetheless it seems lately he is a close follower of Vettel. He watches onboards of Vettels quallify laps (singapore), flatters Vettel as a driver and person responding to the critics for doing the opposite (korea) etc…. but he never forgets to mention the far more superior(according to him) car he drives.
    Its always the Icing on the cake.

    • kpcart said on 15th October 2013, 17:16

      Lewis should concentrate on beating not only vettel, but Alonso in an inferior car has more points then him, also raikonnen, and now a new challenger is also beating him in hulkenburg. Hamilton needs to get the best results possible instead of complaining. its like Bianchi complaining about vettel because vettels car is superior to his, yet only Hamilton is the one saying these things, it is lame.

  2. F1Rollout (@f1rollout) said on 15th October 2013, 13:33

    Only Raikkonen can stop him. If he puts it on atleast 2nd row and then leapfrog him in the pits. Thats looks to be an only possibility apart from reliability issue.

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 15th October 2013, 14:55

    Guys, since the WDC and WCC is about to wrap up, why not give this young man the final push to close onto a 60 year old record. There are not many occasion we can see this, but this young man is very close to it.

    Since he is deemed to be able to win all the remaining 4 races, and many will complain of snoozefest by him, instead of having to watch an exciting battle for 1st, why not we watch how the Formula 1 records get broken? It should be as equally exciting.

  4. Maciek (@maciek) said on 15th October 2013, 15:03

    Vettel does himself no favors yelling yes yes after every race even though clearly no one outside Webber has the machinery to him. It’s no different than Alonso’s animal impressions on top of the car back in his Renault days – it’s just plain cheesy and there’s just something fundamentally unlikable about someone who trounces the competition but acts as if he’s won a close contest.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 15th October 2013, 15:36

      So you want to remove the last remaining shred of humanity from the drivers, or even better, replace them with robots. Good luck with that.

    • crr917 (@crr917) said on 15th October 2013, 17:03

      @maciek People can’t enjoy a win if it is not a close one?

    • kpcart said on 15th October 2013, 17:12

      I disagree Maciek, I admire Vettel’s Speed, and he is a young man so his celebrations are acceptable. he does not have as dominant machinery as you think, he is just doing a perfect job because he is a star driver. If I trounced the opposition (Alonso, Hamilton, Webber – all strong drivers), I too would be very very happy, wouldn’t you? Schumacher was the one that trounced the opposition by a minute and jumped for joy on the podium. Get over it, and accept the skill of the man, he is making history.

    • @maciek why would he not enjoy winning? Do you expect the drivers to have no sense of achievement after winning?

    • Loup Garou (@loup-garou) said on 16th October 2013, 4:50

      There is an example of an unreasonable criticism. Here we have a 26-year old man about to become a quadruple F1 World Champion and people think of exotic ways to find faults with him. First, it is his “insulting” finger salute – something that he has been doing since his Karting days. Then suspicions that his ongoing wins must be due to some illegal gizmos in his car. Now his “Yes! yes! celebrations. If Vettel turns into a Trappist Monk, I am sure there are people who’ll find ways to criticize him.

  5. kpcart said on 15th October 2013, 17:07

    judging by grosjeans race pace, and vettels lack of at times, if Hamilton hadn’t got a puncture he could have battled for the win in japan. he says these things, so when he does win he will appear like a genius driver. fact is Mercedes is a great car, and he can still win this year if he has a great weekend (USA most likely). Hamilton exaggerates things so much when they aren’t going his way. He will probably finish 5th in the championship because of his attitude, instead of battling for 2nd.

    • I’d say Abu Dhabi is his best chance on past form, but then again the Red Bull has phenomenal traction and the Mercedes is actually fairly close on overall downforce, which suit Abu Dhabi and Austin respectively.

  6. I know this record of Ascari is long standing, and any record which has survived Michael Schumacher makes me excited. I am more pleased with Vettel not because of his 3WDCs, but for breaking Nigel Mansell’s record of maximum poles in a season, which too survived Michael Schumacher.. So for me Vettel equalling / surpassing this long standing record of Alberto Ascari would mean much more than his 4th WDC (but which in no way undermines his achievements). It just gives you a different kind of satisfaction.

    • Michael Brown (@) said on 15th October 2013, 18:32

      Vettel breaking the pole record of Mansell is a fantastic achievement because the cars were more closely matched in 2011 than 1992

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