Sebastian Vettel's Starts

Galahad

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Vettel has been making some exceptional starts into the lead this season (feel free to move to another thread)

CircuitEnd of Lap 1End of Lap 22nd place driver
Melbourne2.4643.232Hamilton
Sepang1.9392.425Heidfeld
Istanbul1.2901.816Rosberg
Monte Carlo2.4493.214Button
Montreal (after SC start)2.0544.240Alonso
Valencia1.3621.827Webber
Silverstone1.1362.338Webber
Hungaroring0.5890.338Hamilton
Singapore2.5973.561Button
Suzuka1.3401.509Hamilton
Yeongam1.0751.304Hamilton
Buddh1.3032.043Button
 

ExtremeNinja

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I think that is a general trend unless you lose the lead. Everyone else is both defending and attacking, or racing. If the guy in front makes a good enough start and has a fast enough car then the only thing they need to worry about is the Tarmac in front of them.
 

FB

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The joy of qualifying on pole or is there something in the suggestion that Red Bull have a special setting for the first few laps?
 

Galahad

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Here are the other early leaders, for comparison:

CircuitEnd of Lap 1End of Lap 22nd place driver
Shanghai (Button)1.3781.160Hamilton
Catalunya (Alonso)0.7800.601Vettel
Nurburgring (Hamilton)1.2001.977Webber
Spa (Rosberg)0.4850.314Vettel
Monza (Alonso)0.4890.568Vettel
Yas Marina (Hamilton)2.5762.711Alonso
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
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Just some Classic F1 images totally at random:

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(Senna)
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(Hakkinen)

I think its possible the best car and best driver from the grid will just get away naturally on lap 1.

What Sebull do so well is a great lap 2, due to DRS!
 

ExtremeNinja

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Here are the other early leaders, for comparison:

CircuitEnd of Lap 1End of Lap 22nd place driver
Shanghai (Button)1.3781.160Hamilton
Catalunya (Alonso)0.7800.601Vettel
Nurburgring (Hamilton)1.2001.977Webber
Spa (Rosberg)0.4850.314Vettel
Monza (Alonso)0.4890.568Vettel
Yas Marina (Hamilton)2.5762.711Alonso

It would be interesting to see if there is a correlation to the pole time delta.

[Edit] I notice that the two most significant time differences are those where a Red Bull is not in second place.
 

Galahad

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Unless Mark Webber leads from pole at Interlagos, it's hard to decide whether it's a Red Bull thing or a Vettel thing.

However good his car is in qualifying, it isn't 2s/lap faster than the rest (which Vettel has managed on lap one four times this year).
 

ExtremeNinja

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Unless Mark Webber leads from pole at Interlagos, it's hard to decide whether it's a Red Bull thing or a Vettel thing.

However good his car is in qualifying, it isn't 2s/lap faster than the rest (which Vettel has managed on lap one four times this year).

I think it is fair to say that Hamilton's McLaren wasn't 2.6s per lap faster this weekend than Alonso's Ferrari either.
 

Andy Karter

Rookie
The thing I find hard to understand is that while Seb has been making some stunning starts this year Mark has struggled? It's not like Mark is new to F1 or has struggled in the past it's just this year he's been poor and it's cost him dearly and those (often Lewis) who find themselves stuck behind him on the grid.
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
I don't think its something that has started in 2011. Remember Kuala Lumpur in 2004 - he started 2nd and ended lap 1 in 9th place. A similar thing happened in the wet at Silverstone in 2008. Anyone got any other examples?
 

Mephistopheles

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He does seem to get the job done but by **** its boring to watch I hope for no more of this kind of dominance next season, if it does happen then I wont be upset about only seeing half the races live...
 
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johnnoble1990

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What surprises me is that he doesn't take P2 with him. It is a major advantage having no one in front of you in the early laps, but when the driver in P1 is so far gone, then the guy in P2 has that advantage by the end of lap 1.
 
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