Sebastian Vettel: Hero and Zero
Today Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button had a coming together at the Bus Stop chicane. If you missed it, or even if you didn't watch it again here (UK only, sorry).
Now repeat after me. It. Was. A. Racing. Incident.
What you don't agree? Why?
Sebastian was firmly in Jenson's slip stream and decided to put one up the inside, but the McLaren driver second guessed him and blocked the inside line. Unfortunately he was already committed and while under braking he had to swerve to the left to avoid hitting Button. But with the damp circuit he lost the rear end and speared into the sidepod of the Brit's MP4-25.
And for some reason the stewards decided to give him a drive through penalty. Do they not want drivers to attempt overtaking manoeuvres or not?
There were mere inches between gearbox and front wing, going into the chicane at 180mph when both hit the brakes. These margins are minuscule, speeds massive and the track conditions constantly changing. Is it any surprise that one car gets slightly out of shape trying to change lines to avoid a smash?
While it's unfortunate for Button (and Vettel for that matter) it is nothing more than a racing incident. Did Trulli get a penalty when he made that optimistic move on Chandhok in Monaco? And surely Barrichello's contact with Alonso on the first lap is at very least as offensive at Vettel's on Button - I have no idea how that Ferrari managed to continue, is it made out of concrete or something?
Anyhow looking at the bigger picture I firmly believe Vettel is having the best season of his life. Think back to 2009, how many times did he sit behind a slower car for endless laps seemingly unable to overtake, or often, even attempt to overtake? Many.
2010 rolls round and he's stepped it up a gear. He goes for those opportunities and carves out chances. Yes not all of them stick, yes there have been mistakes, but I'd much much prefer the edgy aggressiveness to what he showed in 2009, any day of the week.
I firmly believe his current biggest problem is the perceived favouritism that now surrounds him at Red Bull. It has wiped millions off his fan-kudos value, and no doubt has clouded many peoples judgements in incidents such as today's.
|2||M Webber||Red Bull||+1.5 secs|
|3||R Kubica||Renault||+3.4 secs|
|4||F Massa||Ferrari||+8.2 secs|
|5||A Sutil||Force India||+9.0 secs|
|6||N Rosberg||Mercedes||+12.3 secs|
|7||M Schumacher||Mercedes||+15.5 secs|
|8||K Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||+16.6 secs|
|9||V Petrov||Renault||+23.8 secs|
|10||V Liuzzi||Force India||+34.8 secs|
|11||P De la Rosa||BMW Sauber||+36.0 secs|
|12||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+39.8 secs|
|13||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||+49.4 secs|
|14||N Hulkenberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|15||S Vettel||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|16||H Kovalainen||Lotus||+1 Lap|
|17||L Di Grassi||Virgin||+1 Lap|
|18||T Glock||Virgin||+1 Lap|
|19||J Trulli||Lotus||+1 Lap|
|20||S Yamamoto||HRT||+2 Laps|
|DNF||F Alonso||Ferrari||+7 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||McLaren||+29 Laps|
|DNF||B Senna||HRT||+39 Laps|
|DNF||R Barrichello||Williams||+44 Laps|
|2||G Fisichella||Force India||+0.9 secs|
|3||S Vettel||Red Bull||+3.8 secs|
|4||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+9.9 secs|
|5||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+11.2 secs|
|6||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+32.7 secs|
|7||R Barrichello||Brawn||+35.4 secs|
|8||N Rosberg||Williams||+36.2 secs|
|9||M Webber||Red Bull||+36.9 secs|
|10||T Glock||Toyota||+41.4 secs|
|11||A Sutil||Force India||+42.6 secs|
|12||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+46.1 secs|
|13||K Nakajima||Williams||+54.2 secs|
|14||L Badoer||Ferrari||+102.1 secs|
|DNF||F Alonso||Renault||+18 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+23 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Brawn||+44 Laps|
|DNF||R Grosjean||Renault||+44 Laps|
|DNF||L Hamilton||McLaren||+44 Laps|
|DNF||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||+44 Laps|
|2||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+9.3 secs|
|3||L Hamilton||McLaren||+10.5 secs|
|4||F Alonso||Renault||+14.4 secs|
|5||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+14.5 secs|
|6||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+15.0 secs|
|7||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+16.7 secs|
|8||M Webber||Red Bull||+42.7 secs|
|9||T Glock||Toyota||+67.0 secs|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|11||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|12||N Rosberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|13||A Sutil||Force India||+1 Lap|
|14||K Nakajima||Williams||+1 Lap|
|15||J Button||Honda||+1 Lap|
|16||J Trulli||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|17||G Fisichella||Force India||+1 Lap|
|DNF||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+2 Laps|
|DNF||R Barrichello||Honda||+25 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+31 Laps|