I don't think it will be so easy. The pit DRS zone is probably long enough to let cars pass quite easily. But the other DRS zone is quite short, so unless the overtaking car has a very clear advantage, it won't be able to make a safe pass there.
He wouldn't be the first, and won't be the last to disobey team orders. Webber has already committed that sin more than once. Many others in the past have done the same, even among current drivers in recent years.
Far from judging the wrongness or righteousness of either driver, the only thing clear from the most recent fracas is that team orders suck.
What I'm thinking is this: if a team wants to have a triple WDC (or even any WDC) in their stable, and a driver equally hungry for a WDC, they'd be extremely naive to think that their orders will be followed by both drivers. History shows how ill-placed that sort of faith is.
This is less of an issue between Vettel and Webber, and more about Horner's management of his drivers. Both drivers have disobeyed orders in the past, and will continue to do so. He should be prepared to give up on orders and let them race, or else put his foot down and impose real sanctions.
Interesting grid. Fast-starting Ferraris right near Vettel. Both Mercs in front of tyre-saving Raikkonen. Hmmm...
1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'49.674 2 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1'50.587 3 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'50.727 4 L Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'51.699 5 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1'52.244 6 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'52.519 7 K Räikkönen (FIN) Lotus 1'52.970 8 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'53.175 9 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1'53.439 10 S Perez (MEX) McLaren 1'54.136 11 R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'37.636 12 N Hülkenberg (GER) Sauber 1'38.125 13 D Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso 1'38.822 14 E Gutiérrez (MEX) Sauber 1'39.221 15 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1'44.509 16 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams - 17 J Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1'38.157 18 V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'38.207 19 J Bianchi (FRA) Marussia 1'38.434 20 C Pic (FRA) Caterham 1'39.314 21 M Chilton (GBR) Marussia 1'39.672 22 G van der Garde (NED) Caterham 1'39.932
Humans are adaptable, multi-skilled, can provide help if the car breaks down, and can assist with administration and management of the competitor's schedule and vehicle.
There is also the added element of teamwork that has been present in most forms of rallying through history. The idea of having a driver and navigator working as a crew is a well-established tradition in the sport.
Ferrari always downplays their car's performance potential. That way, they always have a ready excuse if their drivers do not deliver a good result, and it also helps to maintain or improve Alonso's stock.
Last year, the Ferrari was usually within podium-winning pace, if not outright victory. Its issue was qualifying but the car had awesome straight line speed, solid reliability, and was an all-round good car. It was not the dog that Alonso and Ferrari management made it out to be.
The new nose is much lower than the C31 of last year. They've also moved the exhaust outlet lower, and the rear bodywork appears smoother. The air intake design also seems to have changed. They've also changed the rear-wing end plate to have a straight horizontal bottom piece, rather than the angled one seen in the C31, as well as smoother contours on the leading edge.
Not sure. But I notice in the comparison pic that this year's car seems to have more severe rake compared to previous cars (at least in show trim). Notice the high ride height, and the steepness of the floor. Maybe they've copied Red Bull's philosophy rather than Ferrari's.
I suspect that the former would be more annoying than the latter. Team bosses' opinions are just opinions. Alonso's remark about fighting Newey was a psychological attack. Big difference between the two.
No surprises there. Grosjean was always candidate #1 at Lotus, given his French connection. I'm disappointed about Kobayashi - the fact that he hasn't been able to secure an F1 seat, but also that he isn't interested in driving in any other category. He could at least try to race in WEC or similar, to keep his skills up as well as to promote himself to other sponsors.
In Kobayashi's case, the figures should be interpreted in the context that the Sauber was a worse car than the Lotus this season, and not a competitive car in previous seasons. Added to that is his string of car-related DNFs in 2011. So he has been less lucky, yet more reliable in bringing home the points, than Grosjean.
Having said that, Grosjean's French connection is probably way too strong for Kobayashi to break. Added to that is his raw speed, which is probably better than Kobayashi's.
Signal priority depends on the supplementary regulations for each event. In Brazil, Charlie Whiting's instruction to the drivers was that whatever signal is encountered first, is the signal that the drivers should apply.
In Vettel's case he crossed a flashing yellow, then a waving green, then a flashing green. He passed Vergne after the waving green, so there is no case to answer.