16th April 2011, 7:23 at 7:23 am #129252
Vettel is streaking ahead in the championship with no clear second-place driver to chase him down. The RB is getting faster each weekend and the chasing pack isn’t getting closer.
I said to myself that if he does it again today then it is over.
I can’t remember a driver ever losing a championship with this sort of lead and with so much more pace than anybody else.16th April 2011, 7:36 at 7:36 am #167139
I’ve gotta agree with you Nik. But I think we will have to wait until Ferrari and Mclaren put their first large updates on the car. If those updates do not make them more than a second quicker on quali pace… then the season will be over for sure.16th April 2011, 7:39 at 7:39 am #167140
It’s looking like 2001 again isn’t it? A dominant car and driver with the occasional challenger.
If Vettel does a Button I’m not sure I will have the will to keep watching with the dedication I do now.16th April 2011, 7:51 at 7:51 am #167141
I think you mean 2009. I think Vettel will do more than just a Button. Button slacked after the first 7 races of the season, and that gave the fans a glimmer of hope for a title fight. I just dont see Vettel losing his intensity and focus, or RB losing their advantage at any point of time during the season. I hate to say it, but 3 races down and this season looks over already.16th April 2011, 8:02 at 8:02 am #167142
I think he means 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2009 – possibly my least favourite seasons of all time.
On the plus side, if you ignore Vettel at the front, what a great series of scraps we have up and down the field again this year.16th April 2011, 8:05 at 8:05 am #167143
My initial response was to agree with this… however.
Things change in F1 so quickly! Car could be banned, someone else finds a killer new trick with the rules or Vettel is injured.
Lots can still change, were only 2 races in!16th April 2011, 8:08 at 8:08 am #167144
Its kind of hard to ignore the most important aspect of the race – The Winner.16th April 2011, 8:11 at 8:11 am #167145
We’re not even three races in. Way too early to judge how the season will pan out. At this point last year, if you include the 2010 Bahrain GP, you wouldn’t have been able to pick between Alonso, Button or Vettel. At this point in the season, Webber was actually in a worse position in the championship than he is now…a couple of races later he was a clear leader.
As we’ve seen in qualifying today, McLarens are a strong challenger to the Red Bulls at the moment and Renault have a car that is challenging for podiums. I don’t think it’ll be a predictable season at all.16th April 2011, 8:29 at 8:29 am #167146
It is kind of disappointing to know the winner before the race/Championship ends, but the objective everyone in F1 wants to reach is to win. Always win. Therefore Vettel and Newey deserve their success and have reached their objective. We can’t be upset with them, they have built a car 10 times better than the Ferrari, it’s not Ferrari that have built a car 10 times worse than the Red Bull. They have to improve, and then the fights will be close, but if Red Bull remain quickest they deserve to be such.16th April 2011, 8:32 at 8:32 am #167147
No I did mean 2001. Schumacher won 9 of 17 (i.e. someone else won almost as many times), but there was no single consistent challenger to him. 2009 would only apply if Red Bull suddenly went off the rails.
Of course, it could just turn out being 2002 and 2004 and no-one challenges!16th April 2011, 12:23 at 12:23 pm #167148
Just because the championship might be a cakewalk it doesn’t mean the races will be less exciting. Even in the Schumi dominated years I enjoyed the races because i like seeing drivers battling whatever the position.
I’ll even enjoy watching Seb dominate it (if indeed he does, it’s still early and F1 is ‘if’ spelled backwards) because I like watching a driver who’s at one with the car and the team and drives beautifully.16th April 2011, 12:53 at 12:53 pm #167149
As Superted says there are a couple of things that could stop Vettel, namely Ferrari or McLaren getting a decent upgrade or, God forbid, Vettel getting injured. I think their car is just about catch-able, McLaren have recovered from larger performance disadvantages in recent years (although admittedly they had fundamental issues with their car – as they did in testing this year).
As has been said a lot this year though, qualifying performance is less important than usual, and in race pace things are much more equal.16th April 2011, 14:18 at 2:18 pm #167150
“If those updates do not make them more than a second quicker on quali pace…”
I don’t think I have ever seen an update bring 1sec. You might get that over a season in-development, but not in a single update and not when RB are doing the same anyway
The focus from Vettel is crazy, he is almost cruising to the title. I can’t see him slipping up or making mistakes as he did a few years ago16th April 2011, 18:20 at 6:20 pm #167151
From 2009, I realise it’s just the bees knees if it’s a driver from your nation doing all the dominating, but it gets dull after a while, I want lots of drivers going for it!16th April 2011, 18:49 at 6:49 pm #167152
Pedal to the VettelMember
I’m glad vettel’s dominating :)
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