Vettel complementary of overtaking in new 2017 cars

Sebastian Vettel was forced to overtake both his team mate and Daniel Ricciardo on track in efforts to recover a P2 finish in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Formula 1’s currently tied championship leader, Sebastian Vettel, has praised the overtaking abilities of the new 2017 generation of cars, telling media after the Chinese Grand Prix, “I like this way of overtaking.”


Statistically speaking, last year’s Chinese Grand Prix did see more overtaking. Vettel, however, praised how 2017’s overtaking is more natural and can’t be completed “simply by opening up the DRS.”

Vettel is most inclined to talk about the new overtaking as he had fans on the edge of their seats throughout this year’s race when attacking Daniel Ricciardo on lap 22.

With a clear pace advantage, Vettel lurched his SF70-H into the Turn 6 hairpin on the outside of Ricciardo, locking his front right tire in the process.

Still side-by-side out of the corner, Vettel described ‘what happened next’ as “tense”: the two drivers rubbed tires on the entry to the fast Turn 7 and sent a plume of smoke into the air in a frightening moment that could’ve seen either one of them spin out.

The moment: Vettel (left) and Ricciardo touch tires on the exit of Turn 6 during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Vettel, nonetheless, held the place from his former team mate.

That wasn’t the only overtaking Vettel was forced to do, as he also had to get past team mate Raikkonen when Ferrari didn’t issue a team order.

Vettel used the same place as he did for Ricciardo: the Turn 6 hairpin. But, on this occasion, he instead lunged up the inside and was flying too fast for Raikkonen to fight back on the exit.

In the end, Vettel would finish in P2, just 6.2 seconds adrift of championship rival, Lewis Hamilton. He admitted he was “happy” with the result given an early safety car dropping him to an effective P6.

“I think [the safety-car] had an effect,” he admitted after the race.

He also said it would be “good news” if Ferrari can continue their fight with Mercedes when they meet again in Bahrain on the 16th of April.

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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