[Auto House Race] Let us experience Vettel’s road to defending the title through the pictures.
Sebastian Vettel used a pole to win (won the race from the starting position) at the Australian Grand Prix to start the 2011 season of WDC (World Drivers Championship).
——Vettel’s number this year is No. 1, because this ranking depends on the team’s ranking in the previous year (the 2010 team championship was Red Bull). As for the number of the two drivers of the same team, there is no uniformity. Restrictions can be arranged according to grades, experience, status or other standards.
The youngest two-time world champion ever, he may put his fingers up more and more in the future, but here, after another pole to win at the Malaysian Grand Prix, he seems to be licking his thumbs. . It seems that Vettel's “BABY Schumi” (Little Schumi, Schumi is Schumacher's nickname) is not called for nothing.
——Vettel raises his right index finger to celebrate when he gets pole position or wins the game. Vettel did this for the first time after winning pole position at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, and since then, it has almost become his signature gesture.
——When Vettel first entered F1, his name was linked to Schumacher, the king of the car. The same German descent, the same passion, diligence and perseverance for racing, gave him the title of “BABY Schumi”. However, each driver is a unique element of F1, Vettel did not imitate Schumacher, he has his own way.
Vettel was not perfect either. Starting from pole position, he lost to Hamilton in the final stage of the Chinese Grand Prix.
-In this game, Vettel lost mainly in a conservative two-stop strategy. Although his start was not ideal, he was passed by Button and Hamilton one after another, but Vettel overtook the two McLaren drivers after the first stop. However, frequent chasing, overtaking and defending caused tires to wear out quickly, and his lap speed in the final stage of the race was very different from that of the three-stop driver.
Vettel is back on the road to victory, and the bad memories of last season here have been buried. Starting from pole position, he led his teammate Webber to cross the finish line first and won the Turkish Grand Prix.
——In the 2010 season in Turkey, Vettel crashed on the start after competing with teammate Webber for the ranking, regretting to retire. However, Turkey seems to be inseparable from the “infighting”, but this year's protagonist has changed from Red Bull to Renault. “Rich second generation” Petrov first rubbed off Schumacher's front wing, then collided with his teammate Hayfield on the start, and even almost squeezed his teammate into the maintenance lane.
Despite Weber's pole position, Vettel won the Spanish Grand Prix in the end.
——Vettel won the game quite difficultly, and he was only 0.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton when he crossed the line. Vettel first suffered from KERS (a 6-second acceleration device with 80 horsepower per lap) in qualifying and lost to his teammates. In the final stage of the game, Vettel's KERS stopped working again and was almost caught up by Hamilton. Vettel can hold the position thanks to the RB7's high downforce characteristics, and Vettel can keep getting away from the opponent in high-speed corners.
Despite being challenged by Alonso and Button in the Monaco Grand Prix, regarded as the “jewel in the F1 crown”, Vettel won the championship by virtue of “good luck”.
——The Monaco Monte Carlo Circuit is a unique slow street circuit with the slowest corners of F1 and the only tunnel. In order to win the race, Vettel rejected the team's pit stop instruction and risked 62 laps with a set of tires. It can be said that he did not hesitate to win with a flat tire. Dramatically, when Alonso continued to press on Vettel, the following car crashed continuously, triggering a red flag to suspend the race. Everyone took the opportunity to put on new tires, and there was no suspense for the rest of the game.
Vettel's error on the last lap of the Canadian Grand Prix made Button's victory. However, Vettel's runner-up is already a very good result.
——Canada race can be described as ups and downs, during which not only was it encountered heavy rain, but also triggered a red flag, five safety cars, the whole race took a total of 4 hours. On lap 70, Vettel led 69 laps and a half, but Button staged a shocking reversal at the last minute. On the last lap, Vettel slipped out of control at the corner and missed the champion.
The European Grand Prix was another victory for Vettel without any suspense.
——This was a relatively unremarkable race. There were no safety cars and no drivers to retire. Vettel took the pole position, championship and fastest lap.
At the British Grand Prix, Vettel started from second place and ended the race in the same position. After a pit stop error by Vettel, Alonso easily climbed onto the top podium.
——The starting row of this race is still dominated by Red Bull, but during the race Vettel made a mistake in team coordination when pitting, and a lot of time was lost. In addition, Red Bull used the team's instructions in the final stage of the race to ask Webber to keep a distance from Vettel, but Weber ignored the team's request and continued to attack Vettel. In the end, Vettel retained the runner-up position.
The German Grand Prix may be Vettel's worst moment of the season. He lost his dominance from third on the grid. Vettel, who played at home, failed to even climb the podium.
-Throughout the race weekend, Vettel was troubled by car balance problems. He was first overtaken by Alonso in the race, and then the car was spinning due to oversteer. In the second half of the race, Vettel has been unable to surpass Massa with a certain lap advantage, which reflects that he is not good at confrontation, and overtaking is not his strong point.
Vettel continued to be sluggish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, his pole position did not translate into a final victory, and the championship was won by Button.
——Hungarian race encountered a rare low temperature, and Red Bull's performance here was not satisfactory due to the weather. Although Vettel won pole position, Button won the race, and Massa made the fastest lap. The three major teams were still in the same group in terms of speed, and the other teams were lapped in the race.
Red Bull became stronger again in Belgium, Vettel started from pole position to win the championship, and Weber won the runner-up.
-Tire wear is the most serious problem for Spa. Both Red Bull cars experienced serious tire wear crisis after qualifying. In the race, Red Bull chose the latter between starting from the pit lane with new tires and risking the use of worn tires. The final result proved that Red Bull made the right choice in response to this crisis.
Red Bull easily took the top two at Monza, the track that was once the worst.
——Monza is the fastest track in F1 and the track that requires minimum downforce adjustment. This time, Red Bull engineers set a unique gearbox gear ratio for Vettel. Although the tail speed is limited, the car's advantages in acceleration and exit speed in the middle section are extremely obvious, leaving the opponent behind.
Singapore Vettel performed perfectly, beautiful pole to win.
——Vettel, who started easily and held his position, ran relatively easily throughout the game. Although he was only 1.7 seconds ahead of Button at the end, the situation was always in the hands of Vettel. After the game, Vettel is only 1 point away from the defending world champion.
Vettel successfully defended his title and created F1 history.
——Vettel narrowly beat Barton in 0.009 seconds in qualifying, allowing Red Bull to maintain 100% pole position. Although he only won the third place in the race, Vettel became the youngest two-time world champion in F1 history at the age of 24 years and 98 days, breaking the previous record of 25 years and 85 days held by Alonso.