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Minardi questions Vettel’s strange dominance in Singapore GP

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166987979_PG_2936_E3A8152738F2696B91C8D7F281CCE252Former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi quested over Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary dominance in Singapore Grand Prix race.

Defending world champion Vettel’s start from the pole and easily finished on top podium with 32sec ahead of second Fernando Alonso, especially he made 2+ seconds faster than nearest rival per lap.

Former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi observes and claims that it’s relating to traction control and also he added that, the German was able to speed up 50 m before any other driver, Mark Webber included.

“I was enthralled by Singapore, It was a brand new experience, which was completely different from any other experience I was used to. Gian Carlo Minardi wrote in a post for Pitpass.com.

“I had the chance to monitor all drivers’ on-track deeds from a suite located at the end of the pit straight (which leads to the first chicane). The monitor I used to watch the race displayed also all drivers’ lap times. Since I left Singapore however, I’ve been keeping in my mind the 2.5 sec advantage of Vettel over his teammate Webber and the other drivers.

“It’s not my intention to devalue Sebastian Vettel, who always manages his Red Bull the best way and I don’t want even to jab at anyone, I just want to tell what I personally saw and heard during that three-day-event.

“According to my experience, I think that a 2.5 sec advantage each lap is really too much. It’s like a three-generation development gap, it’s a huge gap. Furthermore, the time gap between Vettel and Grosjean in FP3 and the Red Bull driver and Rosberg in qualifying was only few tenths. The German driver could have played cat and mouse on Saturday, anyway, something is still not clear for me.

“I was impressed by Vettel’s neat way of driving on that stretch of the track. He was able to drive all that stretch without making any corrections, unlike all his rivals (also his teammate). His lap time was also remarkable in T3, which is the track’s sector with the highest concentration of corners. He added.

“On the same stretch, Sebastian was able to speed up 50 m before any other driver, Webber included. Whilst all the other drivers speeded up on the same stretch, Vettel was able to speed up before them. The thing that surprised me the most was the engine’s output sound.”

“Besides speeding up 50 m before any other driver, the Renault engine of the German’s car grinded like no other French engines on track, neither like Mark’s. That sound was similar to the sound made by the engine when the traction control system got into action in the past seasons.

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