How did Sebastian Vettel suddenly get close enough to team mate Mark Webber to make the fateful move than destroyed their hopes of a one-two?
The interactive chart below shows how Vettel suddenly started lapping quicker than Webber in the minutes before the collision.
Rumours claim Red Bull instructed Vettel to turn up his engine shortly before the collision.
|Sebastian Vettel||Mark Webber|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’26.760 (+0.465)||1’26.295|
|Average race lap||1’32.351 (+0.077)||1’32.274|
Zoom in on the interactive chart above (click and drag) to see the laps running up to the lap 41 collision. It’s clear to see that Vettel, despite already being within a second of his team mate, suddenly found a couple of tenths more.
After the race the BBC reported rumours that Vettel was instructed to turn his engine up to get a power boost before the crash – and Webber had received the opposite instruction to turn his engine down at the same time.
It’s understandable that Red Bull would have wanted to help Vettel maintain his advantage over Hamilton. But with Vettel so close to Webber surely they would have realised it would leave Webber vulnerable to being overtaken by his team mate?
The team avoided such a scenario at the same track last year, instructing both their drivers to save fuel and hold position after Vettel had fallen behind Webber.
Vettel started the race from third place after a roll-bar failure in qualifying prevented him from improving his time.
Took his third consecutive pole position and held onto his lead at the start – despite coming under considerable pressure from Lewis Hamilton.
While the RB6’s speed through turn eight allowed him to keep Hamilton at bay, he was unable to keep team mate Vettel from getting a run at him.
After the collision Webber pitted for a new front wing but still brought the car home in third place.
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