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2011 Spanish GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , , on May 23, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel is in the midst of a humongous purple patch. Four pole positions this year, and now four wins and a second place. Doubts about Sebastian’s racecraft, especially when he was not on pole have been blown away. This was by far and away the hardest win of Vettel’s career, and no doubt, the most well deserved.  The Circuit de Catalunya’s 10 year record of the pole sitter winning the race fell by the wayside as the world champion emerged victorious after a dramatic Spanish GP. The young lad had to push his car to the limit for over 40 laps to defend his lead once jumped everyone at the pitstops.

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2011 Turkish GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , , on May 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel waltzed to an easy victory in the Turkish GP today and serenely went about his business of increasing his already huge points lead while an exciting race unfolded behind him. The Red Bull man has now won three of the four races so far in 2011 and finished second in the one race he missed out. This is hardly the traditional Red Bull start to the season – not a single retirement so far, no squabbles between the drivers, and no sign of the young impetuous German who made several driving errors. Instead, what we have seen so far is a calm, composed, confident champion who has barely put a foot wrong, and has made a scorching start to his title defence.

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2011 Chinese GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , on April 18, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Lewis Hamilton put the brakes on Vettel’s golden run, beating the Red Bull driver in the Chinese Grand Prix, but more importantly, the former world champion won the race on merit and not because it was handed to him on a platter. Red Bull admittedly didn’t get their KERS working as well as the other teams, but then after Sebastian’s domination in all the practice sessions and qualifying, a McLaren victory was hardly expected.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , on April 10, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

It was an evening of wonderful driving, wheel-to-wheel racing and many overtaking manoeuvres, a return to the art of the past they call ‘racing’. Sebastian Vettel made it two wins out of two races in the 2011 season, winning an eventful Malaysian GP for the second year in a row, but not before the McLarens, Ferraris and Renaults made him work hard for it. From the moment the five red lights went out, we had battles all through the field, and most of the top 8 drivers seemed to have a chance of winning the race at some point or the other. It would’ve been a wholly different result altogether if the few drops of rain in the middle of the race had continued on to become a typical Malaysian storm.

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2011 Australian GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis on March 27, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel made a perfect start to his title defense, winning the Australian GP after dominating the entire weekend. The reigning world champion blitzed his rivals in qualifying and then carried that form into the race as well. With Mark Webber struggling to match his team mate, and Ferrari well off the leading pace, it was the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton that carried the fight to the German driver. But Vettel made a good start off the line, charged into the lead, and that was that. He was barely troubled in the race, and when the McLaren’s floor suffered damage in an off-track excursion in the last stint, Sebastian just cruised home with over 20 seconds to spare. Although Hamilton closed in on the Red Bull during the first stint, one suspects that Sebastian could’ve gone faster, but was controlling the pace.

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