Kimi Räikkönen & Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Räikkönen & Sebastian Vettel

sunnuntai 26. kesäkuuta 2011

European GP: Vettel´s triumph continues!

Watching Vettel´s performance today made me absolutely speechless! I´m sorry if my writing has started to repeat itself but what else could I say ?! 13th consecutive front row start lead into 6th win of the season! So 6 wins and 2 second places this year, another record broken again! And a 77-point lead to his closest rival Button in the championship standings... Vettel could spend a two-month holiday from Formula One and he would still be leading the championship! Convincing indeed, absolutely stunning!

Despite Vettel´s undescribably superb performance I have to say the European GP has been the most boring race of the season so far. I mean there was some intense battle between Alonso and Webber, those two changing positions at various times. Alonso was able to overtake Webber due to the DRS in the frist stint but during the pit stops Webber was able to return in front of Alonso. After the last pit stop Alonso managed to get ahead of Webber because the Ferrari driver stayed out on the track a bit longer and was able to pull out competitive lap times due to the soft tyres. Maybe we would have seen an attack from Webber in the end if he hadn´t suffered from a gear box problem. Luckily he managed to bring the car home and finish 3rd. But otherwise there was no close fighting for positions, at least not among the top drivers...

About disappointments and positive surprises. Toro Rosso´s Jaime Alguersuari made a positive impression indeed! He was 18th on the grid and finished the race 8th thanks to his 2-stop strategy! (The top drivers had 3 pit stops during the race).Valuable points for the young Spaniard in front of his home crowd! As far as disappointments are concerned... The McLaren drivers! Where has their pace gone? Hamilton finishing 4th and Button (with a KERS issue) 6th was hardly any dazzling achievement! What was also surprising about the race was that all the 24 cars made it to the chequered flag at Valencia, which is a street circuit!

However, no matter how huge the gap between Vettel and his rivals extends, it´s very touching to see how much Vettel seems to enjoy all the victorious moments. You can see it in his face that he absolutely loves what he does. And he doesn´t let the success spoil him or make him arrogant, which could happen with ease. I guess that could be one thing that makes him so good... He doesn´t think about winning the title, he just enjoys every race one by one :)

Before the F1 circus goes to Silverstone, the unstoppable German Red Bull ace will turn 24 years next Sunday... Hopefully Sebastian Vettel will have a fantastic birthday party, he has definitely deserved one! Like hundreds of thousands other Vettel fans I would like to wish him all the best for his birthday and I hope to see many mesmerising victories from him as a 24- year-old aswell!

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