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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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Romain Grosjean:The incidents,his speed and his future.

Posted in F1 with tags , , , on October 10, 2012 by James O'Connor

Romain Grosjean is certainly a driver with the media’s attention on him at the moment,and it’s not in a good way.Here I will talk about the incidents,the speed he has shown,which shows he has the talent,and his future in Formula 1.

The incidents 

Let’s have a look at all the early race incidents Romain has been involved in so far in 2012.

Australia-Romain and Pastor made contact at T13 which broke the steering arm of the Lotus driver’s car.Maldonado broke very late and didn’t give Romain any space which resulted in contact.I think Romain was the innocent party in this case.

Malaysia-No doubts Romain was at fault in Malaysia.Spun Michael Schumacher around at Turn 4 on the opening lap after making a great start.

SpainIn Spain there was contact between Perez and Romain at Turn 3,it gave Perez a left rear puncture but it was just an unfortunate racing incident.

Monaco-Romain got a poor start and Alonso past him.However Alonso then moved left,Romain and Alonso had contact.Then Romain’s left rear and Schumacher’s right front contacted after Romain was forced to move left.Romain’s race was ended as the suspension was broke.

As it’s Monaco,incidents like this can happen,if a driver was in the wrong,it was Alonso.

Britain-Once again,Romain had a tiny bit of contact,this time at Turn 3 at Silverstone with Di Resta,where his front wing just clipped Di Resta’s right rear tyre.Once again,a racing incident.

Germany-Picked up a puncture on Lap one in Hockenheim and damage to the car after contact on the straight before the hairpin.This wasn’t his fault though.

Belgium-100% Romain’s fault,simply terrible driving squeezing Lewis towards the wall and then well you all know what happened.He was very lucky Alonso or another driver wasn’t seriously injured or even killed.Got a deserved race ban.

Japan-Once again,a stupid mistake from Romain at the start of the grand prix.After a good solid start and getting through Turn 1,he carried way too much speed into Turn 2 and hit Webber.Got a deserved stop-go penalty.

His speed

Romain may have been involved in many incidents so far in 2012 but the frenchman has got plenty of speed and talent and there has been plenty of examples  

He has outqualified his world champion teammate,Kimi Raikkonen,9-6.

He has also finished on the podium 3 times so far in 2012.A 3rd place in Bahrain in a mega fast Lotus was his first ever podium.

He then drove a storming race in Canada to finish 2nd,managing the tyres beautifully and finishing less than 4 seconds behind race winner,Lewis Hamilton.

Then a storming drive in Britain.After dropping to the back after an early stop,he stormed through the field and finished a fantastic 6th,not far behind his teammate.

Then he finished 3rd after a very good,solid drive in Budapest.

He also put in beautiful drives in China(6th) and Spain(4th).


The final 5 races are massive for Romain.He must cut out these stupid mistakes very soon because he is costing his team vital constructors points which means they are only fourth instead of third in the constructors championship.

However,he has not been at fault for all of the incidents like some fans think he has and unlike Maldonado,he has not used his car as a weapon(Belgium Qualifying 2011,Monaco FP3 2012).So there is no need for another ban yet like some have called for unless it’s for something like Belgium.

He could do with placing his car better early in races and get some advice from former F1 drivers,maybe even get a former driver in as a coach to help him.

There is no doubt that Romain has plenty of speed and talent as we’ve seen many times this season,and if he cuts out the errors early in races,which for his sake I hope he does,he will stay at Lotus for 2013(if a deal is not already done)without doubt and can be a future grand prix winner I think.

So,right now,I think he deserves another year in Formula 1.













5 Things to look forward to in F1 in 2012

Posted in F1 with tags , , on February 3, 2012 by James O'Connor

So with just over a month to go until the Australian Grand Prix,it’s time to look forward to the 2012 F1 season.

Fast Young Drivers

This year we will see plenty of fresh talent on the grid and it’s now a nice mix of youth and experience and I’m really looking forward to seeing these young guys race.

Toro Rosso have gone with a youthful line-up with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.Both clearly have talent as both men,they have both won the British Formula 3 championship and both have finished runner up in the Formula Renault 3.5 series,it should be a good battle between them and interesting to see how they do.

Also Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg are back on the grid this year.Romain had a stinker when he replaced Piquet during the 2009 season but showed great bottle to win the GP2 series last year but let’s see if he can step up to the mark this year alongside the 2007 world champion,Kimi Raikkonen.

Nico Hulkenberg is back in F1 to drive with Force India after been dropped by Williams at the end of 2010 and as we know he has an excellent record,winning both the A1GP and GP2 championships and saw his talent with a superb pole position at Brazil in 2010,it will be very interesting to see if he can beat his teammate and another young gun,Paul Di Resta.

6 World Champions on the grid

For the first time in the history of F1,there will be 6 champions on the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen returns to the sport after 2 years in the World Rally Championship.(more about his comeback later)

It’s a big year for both Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton was tipped by many to dominate the sport after his sensational  2007 season and then winning the title in 2008.However since midway through 2010,his performance levels alarmingly dropped away and has been involved in many incidents and has been to blame for most of them.Lewis needs to quickly rediscover his form if he wants his Mclaren contract renewed.

Also a big year for Michael Schumacher if he wants to be in F1 in 2013.After a shocking 2010,he showed big improvements in 2011 with some super drives,especially Canada,India and Belgium.However he was still beaten by Rosberg in the championship and still the odd race where he was well off his teammate.However he can only improve still and hopefully he can get a podium if the car is up to it and prove he deserves his place in F1.

The other 3 champions,well they will be looking to continue there excellent 2011 form into 2012,Vettel,Alonso,Buton were the best drivers in the field last year.

Seb raised his game massively in 2011 and was sensational,as did Button,and as usual Alonso got everything he could out of the Ferrari.Let’s hope the top 3 teams cars will be close in 2012.

Hopefully all 6 men are at the top of there game,which would be fantastic for the fans and the sport and for a close championship  hopefully!

F1 Returns to the United States

So after a 5 year break Formula will return to the US,with a race been held in Austin,Texas(Hopefully!)

Clearly F1 will never match Nascar,NFL and other American sports  with American fans but this is a project that needs to be worked on and must commit to America for years and years,not just a few.

Hopefully a lot of Americans go to Texas to watch the race and show that they want F1 there ansd hopefully it will grow on more and becomes a success in the USA.

Great Racing

2011 was a fantastic season,with so many great races,probably the best since 2003 in my opinion,thanks to the wonderful job Pirelli did with the tyres and the DRS helping the front guys been up the front battling instead of  been held up by much slower cars.

Pirelli have promised even softer tyres this year and that difference between the compounds will be less so that we have different strategies.

Hopefully the DRS is good again but not quite as easy to overtake.

Let’s hope the compounds are a good bit closer and we have many many overtakes like we did in 2011,it promises to be another fantastic season on track with many great battles and breathtaking overtakes like Webber’s on Alonso at Spa.

Raikkonen’s Return

Love him or loathe him,Kimi Raikkonen is back in Formula 1 in 2012 after a 2 year stint in the World Rally Championship.

It’s great news for the sport that Kimi is back in Formula 1 if he has the speed that he showed throughout his time at Mclaren and in patches at Ferrari and the hunger is there and I think it is,especially after admitting he missed the wheel to wheel racing

Obviously despite what Kimi says,it will take him time to get up to speed and the tests are very important for Kimi to get used to the DRS and the Pirelli tyres.

Will Kimi do well in 2012?,it will be very interesting to see,depends on how he deal with the tyres and all the new things since he left F1 in 2009.

One thing is for sure,people will be talking about him!

What are you looking most forward to in F1 in 2012?

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Toro Rosso and Force India go for youthful line-ups,will it work?

Posted in F1 with tags , , on December 18, 2011 by James O'Connor

Toro Rosso:Last week most F1 fans were left completely stunned and some even angered when Toro Rosso announced that Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were replacing Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.

Vergne is 21 and yet to race in Formula 1 although he did take part in a couple of practice sessions this year.He makes the jump up from World Series by Renault.

While Ricciardo is 22 raced 11 times this year for HRT and was faster than Liuzzi fairly quickly,it must be said Liuzzi is not that good if we are been honest.

So obviously a serious lack of experience and a huge gamble in my opinion,yes both drivers have talent for sure but with the midfield so close these days so every point counts and the races where Vergne has to learn how to manage the Pirelli tyres and everything else,could cost them championship positions and the lower down you are,the less $$$$$ you get.

Personally I would have had Ricciardo and Alguersuari,why you may ask,well Daniel has talent and crucially has done 11 races on the pirelli tyres,unlike Vergne,while Jaime drove very well in the second half of the year and deserved another year in my opinion and would be one driver with a good bit of experience and talent and the other and up and coming talent.

Anyway we’ll see whether Toro Rosso’s gamble pays off and one of these drivers can step up and show how good they are to potentially replace Webber at RBR in 2013 or 2014.

Read the press release here

Force India:On friday we found out Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta will be driving for Force India next year.

I wouldn’t be so worried about this line-up and i’m delighted to see Nico back in F1,this guy is serious talented as he show with his stunning pole lap at Interlargos in 2010 and showed it in practice this year as Vijay Mallya said.

Nico Hulkenberg,Pole Lap,Brazil 2010

Paul had a good rookie season and got up to speed quickly which impressed me and his drive in Singapore was really excellent but was beaten by Sutil in the championship standings.

Both guys clearly have talent but I think Mr Hulkenberg will have the edge over Paul because I feel Hulkenberg has the raw speed and the talent to be a World Champion this future but Paul for sure will push him hard because he certainly has talent as well,although not as good as the BBC think he was.

This is a really exciting line-up,one of the most exciting on the grid and Force India will move forward if they give these guys a good car next year.

Read the press release here: