'Webber could have helped Vettel more'

'Webber could have helped Vettel more'

28 May 2012 – Mark Webber, despite fighting Sebastian Vettel for victory in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, could have played a better role in assisting the German to a podium finish - by holding up Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso prior to his team-mate’s pit-stop. That is the view of ex Jordan designer and BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson.

Vettel, who had started from ninth on the harder compound tyre, ran significantly longer than his rivals before having to pit. He emerged in fourth place, ahead of both Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, but could have been even higher up the order.

“The tyres are difficult, and Red Bull are struggling to get the car balanced front to rear, so fair play to Webber for producing the weekend he did,” Anderson said in a column for BBC Sport. “Webber could actually have done a little bit more help to Vettel in his attempt to gain positions; had he backed Rosberg and Alonso up a little more, Vettel might have been able to sneak in among them.

“Webber would have been wary of getting jumped by Vettel himself but he should have been able to make sure that didn't happen, knowing what the minimum time for a pit-stop is. It was a great drive from Webber. He controlled it in very testing conditions - the rain towards the end gave plenty of chance to screw up, but he was flawless.”

Talking of the ongoing technical disagreement between Red Bull and its closest championship rivals, Anderson now awaits a revision from F1 governing body the FIA.

Gary Anderson
“It's to do with a hole in the floor in front of the rear wheels that improves the aerodynamics,” he continues. “Red Bull's rivals believe this contravenes article 3.12.5 of the Technical Regulations, which dictates that the floor must be ‘impervious’.

“I think there has been a system breakdown at governing body the FIA over the issue. Red Bull have clearly got a clarification from the FIA saying that it is okay, which the other teams don't agree with - and neither do I. It's not Red Bull's fault, nor that of the other teams. That's why it would have been wrong to protest against Red Bull - which after a lot of talking, the other teams eventually decided not to do.”

Red Bull have never won in Canada, scene of the upcoming Grand Prix in just under a fortnight’s time. Three of the last four events at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have been won by McLaren, with Lewis Hamilton triumphing in 2007 and 2010 before Jenson Button beat Vettel in the last-lap thriller of one year ago.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 24 February 2017

  2. 18:22

    New: Follow GPUpdate on Instagram!

    F1
  3. Ferrari confirms line-up for opening test 18:15

    Ferrari confirms line-up for opening test

    Ferrari has communicated its planned driver line-up for the opening pre-season test session at the Circuit de…

    F1
  4. Video: Räikkönen drives SF70-H at Fiorano 16:36

    Video: Räikkönen drives SF70-H at Fiorano

    Kimi Räikkönen gives his initial reaction after driving the SF70-H for the first time at Fiorano.

    F1
  5. Sauber confirms Giovinazzi for first test 15:58

    Sauber confirms Giovinazzi for first test

    Sauber has confirmed that Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi will drive in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein during next…

    F1
  6. Ricciardo set to debut Red Bull RB13 15:05

    Ricciardo set to debut Red Bull RB13

    Red Bull has confirmed its driver schedule for next week's opening pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with…

    F1
  7. Video: Introducing the McLaren MCL32 14:02

    Video: Introducing the McLaren MCL32

    McLaren-Honda presents its car for the 2017 season, the MCL32, featuring an orange and black livery.

    F1
  8. In photos: Formula 1 designs of 2017 13:02

    In photos: Formula 1 designs of 2017

    Formula 1's 2017 cars are gradually being presented through 'launch week', in the build up to pre-season testing in Barcelona.…

    F1
  9. Video: Hamilton 360° onboard in W08 12:36

    Video: Hamilton 360° onboard in W08

    Lewis Hamilton commentates on a shortened 360° lap of Silverstone in Mercedes' new W08.

    F1
  10. Alonso wants 'respectable' 2017 display 12:29

    Alonso wants 'respectable' 2017 display

    Fernando Alonso has played down expectations of a sudden jump in performance from McLaren-Honda in 2017, stating that the aim is…

    F1
  11. Räikkönen racks up first laps in SF70-H 11:43

    Räikkönen racks up first laps in SF70-H

    Kimi Räikkönen has completed the first laps in Ferrari's new Formula 1 car, the SF70-H, after its formal launch on Friday…

    F1
  12. Video: Ferrari's SF70-H presentation 11:40

    Video: Ferrari's SF70-H presentation

    Watch the full presentation of the Ferrari SF70-H, the team's challenger for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

    F1
  13. Boullier: McLaren can 'turn the corner' 11:32

    Boullier: McLaren can 'turn the corner'

    McLaren-Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier is optimistic that the partnership can "turn the corner" in 2017, after it unveiled…

    F1
  14. McLaren goes orange with new MCL32 11:07

    McLaren goes orange with new MCL32

    McLaren-Honda has unveiled its new MCL32, which sports a striking orange and black colour scheme, after weeks of speculation…

    F1
  15. 10:55

    Follow McLaren's 2017 car launch live!

    F1
  16. Video: Ferrari adds stickers to new car 09:32

    Video: Ferrari adds stickers to new car

    Watch as sponsor logos and decals are applied to Ferrari's new Formula 1 car, the SF70-H.

    F1
  17. 08:54

    Photos: Ferrari presents 2017 challenger

    F1
  18. Ferrari reveals 2017 car, named SF70-H 08:50

    Ferrari reveals 2017 car, named SF70-H

    Ferrari has taken the wraps off its 2017 Formula 1 challenger, called the SF70-H, during an online launch at Fiorano, where it…

    F1
  19. 08:45

    Follow Ferrari's 2017 car launch live!

    F1
  20. Bottas thrilled by first Mercedes outing 08:14

    Bottas thrilled by first Mercedes outing

    Valtteri Bottas labelled an "amazing" first experience with Mercedes after he took to the track as part of a filming day at…

    F1
  21. Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017! 08:02

    Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017!

    Have you ever dreamed of owning a Formula 1 team with your ideal driver pairing and engine? GPUpdate.net readers can now sign up…

    F1
  22. Pirelli gets title sponsorship for three races 07:42

    Pirelli gets title sponsorship for three races

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is to act as the title sponsor for three Grands Prix in 2017. Pirelli joined the sport in…

    F1
  23. Video of the Day: Mercedes W08 tech 05:38

    Video of the Day: Mercedes W08 tech

    Aldo Costa (Engineering chief) and Andy Cowell (Engine chief) talk about Mercedes' new W08.

    F1
  24. Thursday 23 February 2017

  25. Hinchcliffe and Wickens set for test swap 18:45

    Hinchcliffe and Wickens set for test swap

    Long-time friends James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens will sample each other's race machinery as part of a car swap across the…

    Indy
  26. Toro Rosso's STR12 runs at Misano 18:01

    Toro Rosso's STR12 runs at Misano

    Toro Rosso's STR12 has completed its first laps after the team carried out a filming day at Misano in Italy. Toro Rosso joins…

    F1
  27. Hamilton in 'positive place' with Mercedes 15:30

    Hamilton in 'positive place' with Mercedes

    Lewis Hamilton says he feels in a positive place with Mercedes off the back of a winter of reflection, which came after a tense…

    F1
  28. Mercedes confident amid suspension row 14:31

    Mercedes confident amid suspension row

    Toto Wolff says that Mercedes is "very confident and comfortable" over the legality of its suspension system, amid a row which…

    F1
  29. Pirelli to bring backup tyres to F1 testing 14:29

    Pirelli to bring backup tyres to F1 testing

    Pirelli's backup tyres will be available to teams and drivers during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya…

    F1
  30. Bottas completes first laps with Mercedes 14:14

    Bottas completes first laps with Mercedes

    New Mercedes recruit Valtteri Bottas has completed his first laps with the team as he sampled the W08 EQ Power+ during a filming…

    F1
  31. Video: Mercedes formally presents W08 13:32

    Video: Mercedes formally presents W08

    Mercedes unveils the W08, featuring comments from Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

    F1
  32. Hamilton, Bottas to split each test day 13:09

    Hamilton, Bottas to split each test day

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will split running on each day of testing at the Circuit de…

    F1
  33. 11:23

    Photos: Mercedes' 2017 F1 car on-track

    F1
  34. Mercedes W08 hits track at Silverstone 11:15

    Mercedes W08 hits track at Silverstone

    Mercedes' new car, dubbed the F1 W08 EQ Power+, has broken cover at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton completing its first laps…

    F1
  35. Ericsson's initial impressions 'really good' 10:16

    Ericsson's initial impressions 'really good'

    Marcus Ericsson says he was encouraged by his first impression of the Sauber C36-Ferrari after carrying out a filming day at the…

    F1
  36. 09:08

    Overview: 2017 GP3 Series driver line-up

    GP3
  37. Hubert completes ART's GP3 line-up 09:04

    Hubert completes ART's GP3 line-up

    ART Grand Prix has completed its driver line-up for the 2017 GP3 campaign with the recruitment of Frenchman Anthoine…

    GP3
  38. Video: Daniel Ricciardo's 2017 helmet 09:02

    Video: Daniel Ricciardo's 2017 helmet

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo presents and talks about his helmet design for the 2017 season.

    F1
  39. Szafnauer: Force India full of 'true racers' 07:48

    Szafnauer: Force India full of 'true racers'

    Force India's growing success in Formula 1 is a result of it building a workforce of "true racers", according to Chief Operating…

    F1
  40. Video of the Day: Formula 1 paint job 05:36

    Video of the Day: Formula 1 paint job

    Mercedes' highly-skilled paint shop artists apply the finishing touches to the new F1 W08 Hybrid.

    F1
  41. Wednesday 22 February 2017

  42. Sauber conducts filming day in Barcelona 19:39

    Sauber conducts filming day in Barcelona

    Sauber has become the first team to run its 2017 Formula 1 challenger on-track, after the outfit conducted a filming day at the…

    F1
  43. 19:08

    Photos: Sauber C36 on track in Barcelona

    F1
more news