Vettel: Leave Formula 1 ASAP

I won’t go into the details of Ferrari’s complete debacle at the Russian GP. Plenty of bigger media outlets have covered it in detail. And Sebastian Vettel has put up his usual baloney line of excuses and half truths to cover his ass. That his MGU-K failed mid-race was pure karma.

RevdCars has covered Vettel for nearly 10 years now in some shape or form. We have never been a fan of his. He’s over-rated. Only won the 4 titles thanks to Adrian Newey. And can only win when starting within the first 2 rows. Can’t handle competition. It’s clear that Charles Leclerc is showing who’s boss at Ferrari. And Vettel can’t stand it. He will forever be a petulant child. He’s no Schumacher. Not even close. He can only aspire to that role since he’s a fellow German.

It’s time for Vettel to leave and free up a seat for someone else. Someone who is far more qualified for a seat at the Scuderia. Go raise your kids. Go do whatever you want. But it’s time for you to leave F1 for good.

Adieu, Robert Kubica

We all love a comeback story. We all know what it’s like to be doubted. Feel undermined. Perhaps not even trusted.

The beginning of the 2019 Formula 1 season brought good tidings in the form of Robert Kubica’s return to the calendar. Having been out for a number of years due to the horrific accident which virtually left him without use of his right arm and hand, it was welcome news to see his return.

Sadly, looks like Robert will leave F1 at the end of the current season. I’m sure the completely undermining performance of the Williams Considering how many young drivers are waiting in the wings and experienced drivers without a ride – Nico Hulkenberg being a stand out – there’s probably very minimal chance Robert will find a ride. Regardless, what a heroic year it has been. It’s a shame the romance couldn’t last longer.

It’s Time for Vettel to Retire from F1

I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a fan of Sebastian Vettel. While he brought some laughs at press conferences, I’ve always felt he was over-rated. Just a look at his performance @ Ferrari is reason enough to pass judgement of this nature. The quality of the car @ Red Bull Racing masked his deficiencies and is the only reason he is a 4 time champion.

At Monza this past weekend, Vettel added yer another screw up to his long list of mistakes. It was only a few months ago that he created a hell of a kerfuffle by dangerously rejoining the track after he went off at turn 3 of the Canadian GP. He almost squeezed Lewis Hamilton into the wall by doing so but claimed he was robbed of the victory because he was handed an undeserved time penalty as a result of his own mistake. That’s not what I saw and supported the stewards’ decision.

Indeed, Vettel did basically the same BS at Monza. He made the mistake purely on his own – no one hit him, no one touched him, he just screwed up plain and simple. He can’t handle on-track pressure, as seen in recent cock-ups at Sinapore (2018), Hockenheim (2018), Monza (2018), running into the back of Verstappen at Silverstone (2019), Canada mentioned above and, now, at Monza. And while Leclerc’s move squeezing Hamilton – the penalty handed down was a piss poor decision, by the way – at least the young Monegasque can deal with the pressure, the pressure of being upfront. Vettel has shown time and time again that he can’t do the same. And this reason alone is reason enough for this guy to retire from F1 and free up that seat for someone who can actually do something with it.

It’s time to go, Sebastian. Leave and enjoy time with your family and do whatever else you may fancy. It’s time to go.

RIP: Jean-Paul Driot

Jean-Paul Driot, 1950 – 2019

To say Monsieur Driot was just a racing team owner would be the understatement of the century. With alumnus including Érik Comas, Allan McNish, Olivier Panis, Jean-Christophe Boullion, Sébastien Bourdais, Kazuki Nakajima, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer and Pierre Gasly, his DAMS (Driot Associés Motor Sport) org produced the highest levels of motorsport and drivers. If you’ve followed the GP2 / F2 feeder series for Formula 1 in any regard, the DAMS name would surely be familiar to you.

Rather than rewrite what others have already written, check out what Daily Sports Car had to say about the passing of this motorsport icon. Rest in peace.

Vettel: Everyone to Blame but Himself (Update)

Update: As reported by Motorsport.com:

“The footage clearly captures Vettel correcting an oversteer moment as he rejoins the track – which is shown by a sharp steering wheel movement to the right by the German.

Shortly after that, however, Vettel has dispatched the oversteer and begins steering to the left to follow the direction of the circuit – suggesting he is now under control.

But a split moment later, rather than keeping to the left, Vettel is shown to release the steering wheel which allows his car to drift to the right – cutting off the route that Hamilton would have taken had he had clear space.

The movement to straighten the wheel, which put Vettel into the path of Hamilton, is believed to be key to the unanimous decision by the stewards to punish Vettel.

A further reason the stewards established was through the use of an extra CCTV camera view of the incident, which was not broadcast on the international feed, showing Vettel’s head looking in the mirrors at where Hamilton was during these moments when he was releasing the wheel to the right.

Onboard footage of the Vettel incident also shows his head looking towards the mirrors in the moment when he is drifting out, suggesting he knew where Hamilton was.

Had Vettel kept his car tight to the left once he had regained control, then there was likely enough room to have allowed Hamilton through on the right, in which case the matter would almost certainly not have been investigated.

The fact that telemetry data showed Hamilton had to brake to avoid the collision with Vettel showed how the Mercedes driver was caught out by his rival’s actions.”

I wrote at the beginning of the season that Vettel is an #overrated driver. He again showed why he’s a petulant child who cannot and won’t take responsibility for his own fuck ups by doing what he did at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix. It was clear from the on-board that he turned his steering wheel to the right as he was exiting the grass at turn 4 to stop Lewis Hamilton from passing him. At any cost. Even if it caused a wreck. Remember Singapore when he managed to wreck himself, Raikkonen and Verstappen at the same time?

That Hamilton had to back off to avoid that collision is quod durum that Vettel impeded the former. HIs rant about how the race was “stolen” is non-sense. And to further illustrate that he’s a petulant child / bad sport, he had the audacity to move the P1 sign in front of Hamiiton’s car and replace it with the P2 sign meant for his car – which, incidentally, never made it to the “parking lot” for the top 3 finishers because he couldn’t be bother. Because he ran off to the Ferrari hospitality building to complain to Binotto about the “unfair” race. Because he didn’t want to do the interview with Martin Brundle. Because he doesn’t like how the rules played out for him. Because he cocked up and nearly caused a crash. Because he was penalized 5 seconds for that.

Grow the fuck up.

A Visual Record of What Happened
Lots of commentary about the rules and other stuff but on point as far as Vettel is concerned

No, It’s Not a Surprise at All: Alonso @ Indy 500

Not a good look for the two time Formula 1 world champion

It wasn’t long ago when Fernando Alonso was leading the pack at the Brickyard. And it was no surprise when the Honda engine powering his Andretti-tuned Dallara blew up and relegated the Spaniard to a DNF at the Indy 500.

There was much anticipation for this year’s running of the race, with McLaren supposedly utilizing this opportunity to gauge a full time entry into the US-based open wheel series in addition to continuing their association with the two-time F1 champion.

But as with most things McLaren as of late, Alonso suffered a series of mishaps which prevented him from having another shot at the Borg Warner trophy. Think Robin Miller’s article on Racer.com summed up – politely – what happened. Lack of experience, humility and time. Yep.

(By the way, please support Racer.com – it’s run by some dear long-time friends in the business – Paul and Bill – both of whom are lifelong gear heads truly true to the game)

Here’s what we think Fernando should do to improve his chances of winning motorsport’s “triple crown”:

  1. End the silly association / relationship with McLaren – since the ousting of Ron Dennis, the Woking operation has been, basically, a shit show. Zak Brown has no idea what he’s doing. And what the hell is the purpose of Gil de Ferran collecting a paycheck as “sporting director”? Why let Mc:Laren’s indecision and lack of commitment prevent you from Indy success?
  2. Race Indycar full time – Alonso is arguably one of the best drivers of his generation, but even he needs some time to acclimate to a new car, new form of racing, etc. He’s already a champion in F1 and WEC. Nothing left to prove in those series.
  3. Win the Indy 500 and the Indycar championship while you’re at it – it’s hard to fathom Alonso NOT doing well in Indycar. And surely, it’s going to be great for ratings – bringing his GLOBAL fanbase to Indycar – and i’m sure he can bring heaps of sponsorship dollars with him. So why not someone like Roger Penske sign him to a full ride?
  4. Then go win Dakar. Why not add yet another memento to what must be a HUGE trophy case at the Museo Y Circuito Fernando Alonso?