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Many F1 followers, may have thought that Webber was a good driver and he was certainly capable of winning races. Yet he was eclipsed by Sebastian Vettel during their co tenure at Red Bull, but barring mechanical failure, accident or bad luck, the Red Bulls in the Vettel/Webber era should have delivered 1-2 results, race after race…. as do the Mercedes drivers now.
Yes, Webber appeared to attract the negative Karma, but even when lady luck’s vengeful attention ignored him for a race, he was still not there to regularly challenging Vettel.
So was it the case that the driving skills of Vettel was the key element to the German’s four F1 driver championships?
Well, Seb is still driving the latest Newey creation, it has wheels, a steering column, brakes and an engine… Definitely a car. But he is struggling.
However, the world has changed. Gone is the blown diffuser and with it the counter intuitive driving style Vettel once mastered. The Red Bull cars of old required the driver to brake to go faster into corners, and accelerate to slow the rate of pace on turn exit.
This was just weird to a driver like Mark.
Now we have F1 cars which go faster when the pedal on the right is pressed, sometimes with the uncontrollable and unpredictable force of 850 randomly rampaging stallions.
Having come from a team where their pre 2014 offering had plenty horses but drove with the handling characteristics of a Trebant, Danny Ric is euphoric. To him the RB10 is a doddle.
Controls designed to turn, do just that. Those intended to make the car go faster, do as they should. And the anchors work just fine.
Yes, the RB10 is twitchy, but Ricciardo is used to instability, and driving the new torquey RB10, Danny boy is euphoric.
The son of Webber appears to have quickly mastered the incremental finesse required to handle the new V6 powered beasts, and this maybe because pressing the right pedal to go faster is a concept he is familiar with
Meanwhile Sebastian is struggling. All those hours and weeks in the simulator learning how to drive a car, which was not in fact a car as ordinary folk know it, has now to be forgotten.
Seb has been spied back in Milton Keynes taking lessons at the British School of Motoring. He has private, nifty Red Bull branded ‘L’ plates attached to the front and rear of his vehicle.
Adrian Newey last year, having spent 4 decades in F1, described Sebastian as the driver with the highest aptitude levels he had ever seen. This being the case, why is Vettel struggling to adapt this year.
The reason is simple. The BMS instructor retraining Vettel, was heard to comment, “In all my years, I’ve never met anyone with so many bad driving habits”.
Even more remarkable was the fact at this time, Seb hadn’t even tried the necessary drill of putting the old lady he was passing into the wall.
Surely the man Newey described as the fastest f1 learner driver he’d ever worked with, will sort himself out.
Then again, Adrian does rather get lost in Newey land.. where… birds swim and fish fly high… and Hippo’s are never temperamental, but eternally, affably benign.