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Was it a case of getting Webber out of the way through professionally chosen strategies or did the Australian truly have a tire-wear issue that would have prevented a 2-stop program from working? The conspiracy will linger like uncomfortable, but pleasant guests.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber lead Sebastian Vettel as they both chased down the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. The Red Bull duo were unable to mount a meaningful attempt at passing Grosjean and the team set about working the abacus to determine the on-the-hoof strategy.
Vettel had been doing a better job of preserving tires and Webber’s lower downforce rear wing may have contributed a bit to his higher level of tire wear forcing him to stop earlier than perhaps he wanted to. It was this tire wear that team boss Christian Horner cites as the reason the team changed Webber to a 3-stop strategy as they knew he was a sitting duck with higher tire wear working a 2-stop attempt.
Webber has been chatting up the media about his reservations o...
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Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season.
Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.975 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, with Vettel just under two-tenths of a second behind in second place after struggling with his KERS power...
Malaysia karma, Turkey reprisal, New-wing smack down—call it what you will but it is understandable why some press and blogs are pondering just how Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix wills tart and eventually end as Red Bull’s Mark Webber starts from Pole Position ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
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Former Red Bull driver David Coulthard (DC)—now a BBC F1 commentator—has offered his view of the Japanese Grand Prix strategy employed by the team. Coulthard doesn’t believe there is a conspiracy to thwart Mark Webber’s certain victory in Japan saying:
“Do I think that Red Bull would deliberately compromise Mark’s strategy to allow Sebastian to win? No, I don’t.”...
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
SATURDAY DRIVER QUOTES
12 OCTOBER 2013
Infiniti Red Bull Racing
“It’s a great track and we always enjoy driving here. The laps weren’t too bad today to be honest, but you always want a little bit more here and there. Sebastian had a problem in qualifying, so it’s a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like; he still did a phenomenal...
Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix with a wise strategy decision, tyre management, and a bit of luck. Mark Webber and Romain grosjean joined him on the podium. Much of the race was a build up to the final few laps, as teams and drivers strategized. Webber looked set to charge off after his teammate after sliding by Grosjean on mediums after a late third stop, but it...
Mark Webber (1:30.915) stole the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix pole from teammate Sebastian Vettel, posting a faster time during both of the Q3 runs to take his first pole position at Suzuka. Lewis Hamilton snuck through to be the best of the rest, beating Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, and his own teammate Nico Rosberg, who populate the top three starting rows for Sunday’s race. Nico...
Just a week after the Korean Grand Prix, we have the Japanese Grand Prix to discuss on #F1Chat, so here’s what’s coming up tomorrow…
First of all, what did you think of the race? Lap one was eventful, with Romain Grosjean making the biggest impression off the start, moving from fourth to first into turn one. It’s a stark contrast to 12 months ago, what did you make of Grosjean’s...