Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

Red Bull out-developing Mercedes, claims Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull have made larger strides forward in the development race than Mercedes at this stage of the season.


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Upbeat Sebastian Vettel claims Red Bull are ‘making bigger steps’ than Mercedes (Sky F1)

Vettel: “We can see that the others, especially these guys [Mercedes] are quite a bit ahead, a little bit quicker than us and always have enough in hand to respond. At the moment, though, it looks like we are making bigger steps than them and let’s hope it continues like that.”

‘I thought he was going to put me in the wall’ – Rosberg (ESPN)

Rosberg: “I had a really good start, so I was happy about that because it’s not so easy this year. So it’s very difficult to get it right – but it felt great and got away well and then Sebastian, I thought he was going to put me right into the wall, but he stopped just before – so thank you for that!”

Jenson Button wants more from McLaren (BBCF1)

Button: “I don’t think the high speed here and the heat worked for us but there is no getting away from the fact that we are weak in high speed. We do have strength and that’s why we are able to keep teams behind us but at speed we have got a lot of work to do.”

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: All our hard work paid off (

Hamilton: “It was pretty special to win this race. In the past I’ve always had a difficult time here in Malaysia. It was never that the pace was not there – it simply never went my way. So today: what a great feeling.”

Something NOT about a head injury! (A Former F1 Doc Writes)

“I needn’t go into ANY detail about why this regimen of starvation and dehydration is ridiculous from a medical point of view. This has got to stop. And it’s got to stop now. And given the competitive pressures of the sport, this will not be easy.”

Williams having financial problems according to Todt (

Todt: “I am worried that we will lose teams. Many are crying out for help, and our job is to listen to these cries. Formula one is in intensive care and time is running out — by the end of June, a solution to this problem must be found.”

Ecclestone brings his top guns to the table as trio hold high-level meeting to thrash out F1’s future (Daily Mail)

“Bernie Ecclestone brought together Donald Mackenzie, the affable but publicity-shy head of F1’s owners CVC, and Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal whom he has nominated as his preferred successor.”

F1 Savaged for ‘Worst Minute’s Silence Ever’ Before Malaysia Grand Prix (International Business Times)

“Formula One bosses have been savaged on Twitter for holding “the worst minute’s silence ever” before the Malaysian Grand Prix to remember the passengers on flight MH370.”


Comment of the day

After Daniel Ricciardo received a 10-place grid drop for the next race in Bahrain following his disastrous third pitstop, @Rigi believes that a harsh punishment for such incidents is the correct approach for the FIA to take.

It’s a shame about it being Ricciardo, who is a great driver but just very unlucky at the moment. But I see it this way; pit stop safety is very important. I’ve been at the Nurburgring race last year, and when Webber’s tire hit the camera man I was shocked because I genuinely thought that guy might’ve just died live on television. I do not wish to see this again, and any penalty for infringements during pit stops is, in my opinion, very justified.

Punishing Red Bull only instead of Ricciardo? How? A £20’000 fine won’t really matter in a £200 mil budget. In my view, there is no way to punish a team properly in a way in which the driver won’t be affected. It’s not the drivers fault, one may argue.. well, the driver is a member of the team just like lollipop man and the cook of the motorhome are. So if a team gets punished, the driver should be punished a swell. The way the FIA runs penalties for pit stop infringements is good and I sincerely hope they stand by it.

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102 comments on “Red Bull out-developing Mercedes, claims Vettel”

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  1. “We do have strength and that’s why we are able to keep teams behind us”…Which teams Jenson?Williams and Toro Rosso? And you call that strength? What about the 40secs behind FI? It’s an embarrassement for such an illustrious and historic team like McLaren.There’s a lot of work to be done, otherwise McLaren will become an erstwhile British glory (like the original Lotus).

  2. Paul (@frankjaeger)
    31st March 2014, 16:17

    That ‘minute’ silence was miles too short and far too irreverent

    1. Mr win or lose
      31st March 2014, 18:11

      True. It reminds me of the eleven seconds of silence for Mandela at the World Cup draw last year.

  3. yay, i got my first COTD :D
    thanks @keithcollantine

    1. @rigi You’re welcome. :P

      1. @willwood i’m sorry, i only just noticed ou made the round-up! i thank you, sir!

    2. what is COTD?? i know there is a COTA

  4. F1 Savaged for ‘Worst Minute’s Silence Ever’ Before Malaysia Grand Prix

    That’s a shame, I myself timed this one right now and it was 30s only… even Bernie looked surprised that it was over so soon…

  5. Re comment of the day, fine the team 100k or dock them five points from the constructors if they have any, they will soon sit up, even 100k for Red Bull will get the team boss jumping on the pit crew to make it right.
    Also, perhaps the FIA should require all teams to demonstrate their pit stop procedures under controlled environment and if any practices that are highlighted as too dangerous or not within safety margins for the FIA then order a rethink. So things like a universal approach on release, all staff to have their hands up and wear bright gloves or something. I know it may sound daft, but to rely on teams to develop their own systems is proving very dangerous.

  6. Red Bull are not as close to Mercedes as they think, or at least are publicly admitting. Nico had some sort of issue or was intentionally running slow in Sepang, and Lewis was cruising for 90% of the race, both probably could have gone quicker.

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