So maybe Vettel isn´t winning al the time anymore, but is this such a bad thing? It is for Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who is puzzled by the tyres and the complex season of 2012.
Everyone is talking about how this season is the best and most unpredictable ever. Sure there are those who say that they don´t see their driver winning all the time and they want to quit watching because of that. Fine, let them. Then there are those who have been following F1 for decades, and are pleased to see that there are plenty of action, lots of drama and overtakings galore, and are really struggling to come up with a single thing to complain about. Isn´t it what we all wanted?
Over at Red Bull, the entire team has been working hard in the past few days to figure out why Sebastian Vettel finished 4th, after starting on pole, when Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean, who started 15th and 7th respectively, but both ended up on the podium.
“Lewis adopted a two-stop [strategy] and made it work. At one stage it looked like quite a bold thing to give up the lead,” said Horner, who said the race was very difficult to read.
“It was a very difficult strategic race. Things are complex (at the moment), that’s for sure. Strategically it’s very difficult to read. You are trying to make judgements through a race based on the feedback you have from your own car and the information you have around you, and it’s tricky.
“Two guys that went on a one stop, one started 15th (Sergio Perez for Sauber) and the other at the back end of the top 10 (Lotus’ Romain Grosjean) and they came out third and second. We qualified on pole, were in the lead on lap 15, yet ran into trouble seven laps before the end.”