As many of you know, I write a blog called ThatF1Blog, and after the Monaco Grand Prix I decided to crunch some numbers to see whether the current Red Bull partnership shares any similarities with the early Noughties’ Ferrari pairing of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. For the article, follow the link:
Its a nice article. I have compared those two events myself and I think that the reason Vettel dominates Webber is because the car is suited to Vettel’s driving style. The Pirelli tires are also a factor but I guess if the car was built under Webber’s requests he would not struggle as much. Just my 2 cents.
I think Webber is better then Barrichello, and Vettel isn’t as good as Shumi. So there a bit more closer. I still don’t understand why Webber is .4 off Vettel in qualifying; when last year you couldn’t splt the two. I think Webber need’s to get better with the Pireli’s and also I’m sure the car is bult around Vettel.
Also I can’t see Webber wanting to move over for Vettel like Barrichello did for Shumacher. Webber seem’s to speak up a bit more as we know..
Webber’s qualifying and his starts have been his weakness this season. His race pace has been good, as shown by his numerous climbs up the grid during the races, and setting the fastest lap of the Monaco GP when everybody was on new super-softs after the red flag. Hopefully he will be able to challenge for wins this season.
Also, probably the reason why no-one has compared Vettel-Webber to Schumacher-Barrichello, is that the closest comparison between now and then is Alonso-Massa.
Webber has had bad luck this year. Australia was his worst race but that was because he made an extra pit stop than everyone else. So not adapting to the tyres. Other races, he couldnt do much more after had bad starts. Spain (and Monaco) he was stuck behind a slower car on a track that is impossible to overtake on. Monaco his team wasn’t ready for his stop. So one thing he can improve is his starts, thats it really. We know hes quick enough because he has set the most fastest laps. And Vettels engine blowing up wont hurt either.
Schumacher was already a 2-time champion and regarded as one of the best in history when Barrichello joined him in Ferrari.
Vettel-Webber is very much like Hakkinen-Coulthard. A the beginning of a season they both aspired for winning races as equals, but at the end of the year it was Hakkinen with the WDC two years in a row. Coulthard would get some Poles and win a couple of races, but that was it.