Vettel not getting bored of runaway race wins

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says he’s not getting bored of winning race after race in dominant fashion.


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2013 United States Grand Prix – Post Race Press Conference (FIA)

Vettel: “It?s not as if I?ve been getting bored. Obviously I?ve quite a lot to do, looking at the gaps. First of all, I have to match their pace. Obviously when they do come closer it?s not the best feeling because you want the gap to increase always, but you don?t want the gap to become smaller.”

Nico Hulkenberg welcomes offer of Sauber seat for 2014 season if he wants it (Sky)

Hulkenberg: ??I want to get a car that’s able to do what we’re doing now basically to well in the points and I wouldn’t mind to be on the podium every now and then. But certainly Sauber is one of the possible options.??

Jenson Button admits he needs to ‘sort himself out’ (Autosport)

Button: ??It’s not just that [the car is uncompetitive]. This weekend I just didn’t put it all together. I’ve got to sort myself out.??

113,162 fans watch Vettel make history at Formula 1 race at COTA (San Antonio Express)

??Three-attendance for COTA?s second Formula 1 Grand Prix was 250,324, with 58,276 fans attending Friday?s practice sessions and 78,886 turning out for Saturday?s qualifying rounds. Last year COTA drew a three-day total of 265,499 for the inaugural event.??

STR’s Tost on Ricciardo, RBR and Russian rookies (F1)

Franz Tost: ??You never know when a driver shows his highest potential. For Red Bull the main reason for choosing Daniil was simply the fantastic performance he has shown during this year.??


Comment of the day

With Sebastian Vettel taking a record-breaking eighth successive win yesterday, Garion Higgs (@gazz) gives credit where credit is due.

As much as I dislike Vettel, I have to respect him hugely.

You often see people downplay his achievements, as I have in the past, saying others would have bettered him, had they had a red bull at their disposal, and that he doesn?t deserve wins, championships even.
It?s comments like ??Fernando should have won it in 2012??? and ??Mark/Jenson/Lewis/Fernando had bad luck in 2010 and any should have gotten it over Vettel?? that make me think, ??Fernando and Lewis, whom Vettel are often compared to are outstanding talents, Vettel is a true legend.
You cannot justify that his performance this year has been less than outstanding and that he has deserved every point.

That is coming from a Lewis Hamilton fan.
Garion Higgz

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103 comments on Vettel not getting bored of runaway race wins

  1. 23kennyboy23 said on 18th November 2013, 11:27

    One of the reasons I’d say I don’t rate Vettel as no. 1 is also to do with the lack of ‘fuel adjusted pole etc’, back when you had the odd car randomly going for pole/glory through less fuel on board. This pushed the best cars into the pack where the risk of breaking your front wing etc is much higher. Not that Vettel can do anything about that, it’s not like he’s going to change the rules to disadvantage himself! This is why Alonso goes 1st, through stunning consistency despite all the risk of consistently having a poor car in qualifying/starting in the middle of the pack, and also just wiping the floor with Massa who I rate around the same as Webber.

  2. Lotus49 (@lotus49) said on 18th November 2013, 12:37

    I have a suggestion. To help the FIA alleviate the charges of boring races.
    As it is obvious that there is a huge gulf opening up in the World Championship the FIA should re-introduce the Jim Clark Trophy (for drivers) and the Colin Chapman Trophy (for constructors).
    Originally intended for naturally aspirated engines struggling against the mighty turbo engines, this could certainly be adapted to work here and now.
    It would help encourage teams and drivers, that do not have access to an Adrian Newey designed car, and give all of them some table scraps to fight for and their respective fans something to cheer.
    (For those of you that do not know what those trophies are for, check out Formula One 1987).

    • Robbie said on 18th November 2013, 18:40

      Lol, well I think the FIA could at least start by getting rid of the gadgety tires and DRS since those were meant to alleviate boring races and yet haven’t…therefore have likely done more harm than good.

      Here’s hoping that the shakeup of the regs for next year sees a change in the current ‘usual’ order of things although I suspect that as long as they remain addicted to downforce the processions shall continue even if by some chance it isn’t RBR leading.

  3. obviously said on 18th November 2013, 20:25

    Being called great has a lot to do with being inspiring. Doesn’t matter if it was this or that era, people call drivers with 0, 1, 2, 3 or however many titles great because those drivers simply achieved something that people find inspiring, or against all odds or anything like that, but I think the point is, it needs to be inspiring.

    What Vettel and Red Bull did from being Jaguar to winning a title is a great feat, but after that, for me, it doesn’t matter if Vettel has 1 or 4 titles.
    For the rest of the time, he seemed more like a guy you wish someone would overcome against all odds, than someone you’d find inspirational.

    For the sake of having a better idea why people just don’t find what Vettel is doing so inspiring, imagine this.

    One of the reasons the book “Lord of the Rings” is so great is because it talks about all the things that Vettel is NOT doing since 2010.
    I mean, imagine, Gandalf going to Frodo, giving him a ring and telling him he must throw it in the fiery pits of Mount Doom. And then Frodo just proceeds going straight there, no worries for his life, totally invincible, beating all of the Sauron’s biggest evils with one move of his pinky finger, just walking straight into Mordor through the main gate while arrows bounce off of him, grabbing Sauron by the nose and pushing him to the ground, and just throwing the ring in the fire without much hustle. It could be written on 10 pages and it would be anything but electrifying or inspiring. It would be a pointless tale of a forgone conclusion.
    That’s precisely why people don’t feel they are witnessing anything special on a personal, human-story level. It’s an amazingly efficient war machine, but it’s not really relateable.

    But on the other hand, I don’t know why are Vettel’s fans so troubled with that. It is a competition after all and you wanna make sure you are in the best possible position to beat your opposition. Greatness and inspiration are more artistic values. Each driver wants to win as comfortably as possible. That’s why they are there. But myths and legends are born from a trying situation that test the very spirit and will of the man who faces seemingly insurmountable odds.

    That’s why Kimi captured imagination of so many people back in 2003 or Alonso in 2006 and 2012. That’s why such a story was created around Hamilton in 2007 or Massa in 2008. Or even back in the 80s around Mansell or Senna.

    But Vettel has 4 titles and he should be pretty happy about it. He doesn’t wanna make it any harder for himself, and no other driver would want that either, but you can’t have it all.

    Either you are gonna make records or legends.

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