Vettel's first pitstop

Vettel's first pitstop

Post by larki » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:22:51


Any info about who made that call?  Seb or the pitwall?

Begrudingly, I'd be admitting that Vettel had the best race from that point onwards as either he or the team made a mess of that call.

Perhaps the reason for his petulance towards the end was that he was still fuming after being called in first for slicks on a track which quite clearly wasn't quite ready for them.

Surely it should have been the job of STR to test out a slicks call first?  

I know with the current tyres there is always the possibility that being second to react to a tyre strategy change can cost you the race by having to pootle around on knackered tyres for 3.5 miles more than the guy behind who has just switched, but the call to bring him in for slicks at that stage did look very high risk, particularly so early on in the season.

Anyone else see that differently?

Matt

 
 
 

Vettel's first pitstop

Post by Bruce Houl » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:37:57

Quote:

> Any info about who made that call?  Seb or the pitwall?

> Begrudingly, I'd be admitting that Vettel had the best race from that point onwards as either he or the team made a mess of that call.

> Perhaps the reason for his petulance towards the end was that he was still fuming after being called in first for slicks on a track which quite clearly wasn't quite ready for them.

> Surely it should have been the job of STR to test out a slicks call first?  

> I know with the current tyres there is always the possibility that being second to react to a tyre strategy change can cost you the race by having to pootle around on knackered tyres for 3.5 miles more than the guy behind who has just switched, but the call to bring him in for slicks at that stage did look very high risk, particularly so early on in the season.

> Anyone else see that differently?

It was certainly surprising to see the leader be the first to take the risk, but it was clear on the coverage that it was Seb's decision not the team's.