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Why Sebastian Vettel is a special talent despite what haters say

Posted in F1 with tags , , , on May 14, 2013 by James O'Connor

”Vettel only wins because he has the best car.” ”Vettel was lucky in 2012”. ”Vettel needs to win another title at a different team to be a truly great driver”. ”Vettel has never been in a slow car and we need to see him prove himself in a slow car”.  ”Vettel is favoured by Red Bull Racing”. These are the reasons the haters use to constantly use to bash Sebastian Vettel with.

Well, let’s have a look at the facts shall we.


.Vettel is the only driver to have got a podium (the extraordinary win at Monza) and top 5 finishes for Toro Rosso in their history, including an incredible fourth in the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix The Torro Rosso was not even a top three car in either of those years, which means he has proved himself in a slower car.

.Vettel has beaten his teammate every year since he started in F1. 

.Vettel has won in each full season he has had in F1. 

.Vettel is the youngest triple world champion in F1 history.

.Vettel is the youngest winner and pole sitter in F1 history.

.Vettel has the most poles of anyone on the current grid, and already third on the all-time list after just 5 and bit seasons.

Why Vettel is so good

A brilliant qualifier and starter when on pole: Vettel makes Sundays much easier for himself by grabbing pole regularly. Is that his fault? No, it isn’t, even though the haters get mad saying it’s ”boring”. When he gets pole, he usually takes full advantage like a great driver does and gets out of the DRS zone early in races and usually wins.

Austin 2012: A stunning lap

Now a great overtaker who has learned from his mistakes: After some very silly moves in wheel-to-wheel combat in 2010 (Turkey and Belgium come to mind), Vettel has improved hugely in wheel-to-wheel battles since then. We saw plenty of evidence last year that he can fight through the field, especially in Belgium, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. It showed he’s a really great racer now.

Turkey 2010: A very bad error

Malaysia 2013: Making a brilliant move without crashing. Learned from Turkey 2010

Massive mental strength to recover from huge blows: Vettel’s mental strength is seriously impressive. Everyone talks about Alonso’s mind games and how they get into his rivals minds, but they haven’t got in Sebastian’s head.

Twice in three years the title went down to the final race, and both times the German held his nerve to take the title and deny Alonso. His drive in Brazil last year from the back was truly special.

Everyone talks about Alonso’s bad luck in 2012 (the accident in Belgium was awful of course, Japan was his fault in my opinion), but the haters easily forget that Vettel was cruelly robbed of an easy victory in Valencia.

He gets the maximum out of the car and the cars he has had are not as dominant as people think: He made stupid errors in 2010 (+ quite a bit of bad luck) which made it harder than it should have been, the one year Red Bull did have quite an advantage over the field.

Since then though, I feel the young German has really got the best out of the car pretty much every single weekend.

In 2011, it wasn’t as easy as Vettel made it look. He crushed the whole field but many in the paddock and some fans of F1, including myself, thought the Mclaren was just as fast for most of that season. Sadly Lewis Hamilton had personal problems + Vettel’s brilliance were the main reason why we didn’t see a close championship.

It was the same last year in terms of car speed, with the Mclaren the fastest car at a number of races. Hamilton though was mega but had a lot of bad luck in 2012. Vettel kept bringing home the car in the points and then went and won four successive races to gain the championship lead and never lost it from there.

If the Red Bull was so dominant, Webber would be second in the championship every year, but he has never finished second, which once again shows how good Sebastian Vettel.

He has destroyed Webber: Mark is a very popular driver with a lot of fans and highly rated driver by a lot of people in the paddock. Why is he popular with fans? I don’t know. He is a hypocrite in my honest opinion. On his day in fairness to him, he can beat Sebastian with some serious speed.

However, Vettel is fast everywhere and Webber doesn’t have the speed over the whole season and consistency to get near Vettel in the championship. The one chance he had was in 2010 when Vettel had a lot more bad luck than him which people tend to forget, he bottled it in Korea when he crashed out of the race.

In 2011 and 2012, Vettel has hammered Webber and is doing so once again so far in 2013.

His overtakes (T1 and then T4)  on Webber in Malaysia were incredible and showed he didn’t forget Silverstone 2011 or Brazil 2012. Good on the young german for taking him on and beating him. And good on him for not apologising to Webber who got a taste of his own medicine.

He needs to win another championship in car another to be a true great”: That’s what some haters say. What a load of absolute load of nonsense that is. Alonso has only won his championships in the Renault, so going by your logic Vettel haters, Alonso can’t be a true great either.

A bunch of hypocrites.


Vettel is a very special talent, and even though I’m a massive Kimi fan and is the only driver I support, Vettel is great to watch. 

He consistently gets bashed by ”fans” (haters really) of other drivers and Andrew Benson (BBCF1 chief writer and Alonso fanboy), but he has more class and has done way more in his life already than any of them ever will. They can keep bashing away, but the facts are ignored by them and all the evidence is over the internet that they’re wrong.

He consistently delivers wins, podiums and championships. He has broken many many records along the way to his three world championships so far, showing how special he is at the wheel of an F1 car. He could become the greatest driver in the history of F1. 

Instead of some hating him, some people should respect Vettel for his brilliance.



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F1 Driver Ratings,Part 1.

Posted in F1 with tags , , , , on July 31, 2012 by James O'Connor

So with the long summer break now underway for the F1 teams,it’s time to look back and see how their drivers have been doing in the first eleven races of the season.

It’s been an incredible season so far.We had seven different winners in the first seven races of the season.In recent races though,the big talents have shown their class.

So,I will now look back at how the drivers have been doing and give them a rating out of 10. 

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel  8/10

The double world champion started the season as title favourite but it quickly became apparent that he wouldn’t have a dominant season like he did in 2011 when he blew the field away.

However,he still has been doing a very good job despite only one win.He won in Bahrain when the Lotus was the fastest car on the day,a brilliant P2 in Melbourne and a sensational drive in Valencia before been robbed by an alternator problem.

Consistent top 6 finishes means he is currently P3 in the championship and if he gets on a run like 2010 and 2011,with the car been improved,a hat-trick of titles is definitely possible.

Mark Webber 8/10

After a very poor 2011 season,Mark Webber has stepped back up and showing he still has the speed so that he can challenge the top boys.

He has been mega consistent,five fourth places plus two excellent wins at Monaco and Silvverstone,where he caught Alonso and passed him with five laps to go.

However two poor races in a row show he still can struggle from time to time and this could prove very costly this season.He needs strong races straight away when they return from the summer break if he wants a maiden title.


Jenson Button 5.5/10

Well Mr Button has been massively disappointing so far this season.After a great and dominant win in Australia,with a podium in China,things went massively downhill.

Between the Bahrain and British GP’s,he scored a miserable seven points in five races,he was embarrassingly lapped by his teammate in Canada.

However,he drove a great race in Germany and finished on the podium,with a 6th place in Hungary.He can’t win the title now but will be hoping for a strong 9 races. 

Lewis Hamilton 9/10

After a shocking 2011 season where he was constantly smashing into cars and having personal issues,the old Hamilton is now back this year.

He has had five podiums,with 2 wins at tracks where he is mega quick,Canada and Hungary.Crucially in the few races where the Mclaren lost pace,Hamilton picked up some points unlike Button and is doing a great job.

If the Mclaren continues to improve,Hamilton will most definitely challenge for the title.


Kimi Raikkonen7.5/10

After two years in WRC,Kimi returned to Formula 1 this year with the Lotus team.

It’s been a fantastic return by the Finn,an incredible five podiums in eleven races for the Iceman.He immediately got back up to a good speed and no problems in the wheel to wheel situations,although a little tentative in some moments early in the season and a hard lesson with the Pirelli tyres in China.

He blew a great chance of a win in Bahrain when he should have passed Vettel which showed a bit of rust was still there.

However,in the last 3 races,Kimi has been mega fast and some fantastic overtakes,the weather and mistakes in Qualifying have been costly,losing him some points.

If Kimi shows the speed he has shown in the last three races and improve in Qualifying,he can get right in the battle for the title.


Romain Grosjean 7/10

Eric Boullier gave Romain a second chance in Formula 1,it’s proved to be a great decision.

Romain has been mega quick on his return and showing the talent that he clearly has.He has outqualified Kimi seven times in eleven races this season and has finished on the podium three times,including a second place in Canada.

However,Kimi seems to have the legs on him since Silverstone in races,Romain has also getting involved in too many incidents,that issue can be ironed out though,he is a future winner and maybe world champion.


Fernando Alonso 10/10

Anyone who doubted this man talent before this year began can really not now.

In a car that was over a second off the pace in Melbourne,he has done an astonishing job in the first eleven races of the season,scoring points in every race incredibly.

An incredible drive in Malaysia gave him a vicory,since then he has won in Valencia and Hockenheim but as we saw in Budapest,he can only do so much.

If Ferrari do improve the car,he will win the title,if they don’t,he still might.This year has confirmed Alonso as one of the all-time greats of the sport.

Felipe Massa 3.5/10

Massa needed a strong start to 2012 and show he was back.However,he has struggled as he did in 2011 and looks like it’s only a matter of time before his F1 career is over.

He has shown flashes of the old Massa,great drive in Monaco and a good drive in Bahrain as well.Overall though he has been smashed by Alonso,including been lapped in Valencia,and finishing over a minute behind in Germany and Malaysia.

If he wants to stay in F1 next season,he needs an incredible 9 races!