Horner: Any suggestion of traction control is mischievous and complete rubbish

3 October, 2013

Christian Horner with Sebastian Vettel after the Singapore GP

Christian Horner with Sebastian Vettel after the Singapore GP

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has rubbished suggestions that a form of clever traction control is being used on Sebastian Vettel’s car in the wake of the German’s dominant win in Singapore.

Speaking to media in Korea, Horner was adamant, “It’s complete rubbish. We’re running traction control through the ECUs which are supplied by McLaren and approved by the FIA? They fully comply with the rules, it’s a standard unit which all the teams use, and any suggestion of traction control is either mischievous on behalf of the others or wishful thinking.”

Former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi raised suspicions after Vettel comprehensively outclassed his rivals in Sinagpore, and suggested that there was some form of traction control being used on the world champion’s car at Marina Bay Circuit.

But Horner scoffed at the idea, “These things are so tightly controlled that it is impossible. You’d be pretty stupid to run traction control. I can’t imagine [that] any team in the pitlane would even entertain it.”

Christian Horner speaks to media

Christian Horner speaks to media

Instead Horner believes that Vettel is at the height of his powers in the cockpit of the Adrian Newey penned RB9, and together the combination are proving to be invincible.

“The problem is that Sebastian’s performance was so dominant that it has inevitably prompted the question of ‘how was this possible?’. Other teams will be looking inwardly and the easiest conclusion to come to is ‘they must be cheating’. But in Singapore, Sebastian drove an incredible race, got the maximum out of the car and was, as a driver, at his peak form,” stated the Red Bull team boss.

“What you witnessed was a driver totally at the top of his game and completely in harmony with his car – nothing more, nothing less,” concluded Horner. (GP247)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    “What you witnessed was a driver totally at the top of his game and completely in harmony with his car – nothing more, nothing less,”

    I’ve been saying this for weeks.

  • Mickey78

    On top of his game by being 2.5 seconds a lap faster than Ham/Alo/Rai/Ros etc. unthinkable . There is absolutely no way that a vettel is 2.5 sec faster than other drivers. If he is faster in pure speed it its just a few tenths at most. The remaining time is comming from traction control on the RB9?

  • Rupert Suren

    OK, Vettel is very quick and very good as is the RB9, BUT Vettel and Webber’s cars have TOTALLY different engine notes and that is beyond question. So, let’s have an explanation.

  • Bob Wheeler

    What part of not being able to run traction control without getting caught do you not understand? The FIA goes over theses cars every time the go on the track. It stands to reason that if something was questionable, they would have brought it up by now. Charlie Whiting is on record saying that he has seen no evidence of cheating. Just from a practical point of view, why would RBR take the risk so late in the season? It’s time for people to stop wearing their tin foil Tubi Hubi hats, quit conversing with the Martians and get back to reality!

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Vettel has said that the other teams will never work out what makes the Red Bull car so much faster. He has admitted that it is the car and NOT him. Haaaaa!

  • Tinto

    Oh dear, dear, the same detractors… The best we can do is to sympathize with them, no kidding.

    As long as their favourites do not win, their mind is hacked on the same gimmicks.

  • KC

    “There is absolutely no way that a vettel is 2.5 sec faster than other drivers.”

    Why is there “absolutely no way” that Vettel is faster than the other drivers? The answer seems to be – because your mind just cannot accept that thought.

  • KC

    “Vettel has said that the other teams will never work out what makes the Red Bull car so much faster. He has admitted that it is the car and NOT him. Haaaaa!”

    Ha ha. I knew you were stupid, but I had not realized just how stupid you were until now.

  • KC

    “Vettel and Webber’s cars have TOTALLY different engine notes and that is beyond question.”

    They do not have different engine notes.

    “So, let’s have an explanation”

    The explanation is that you’re a moron. I’m sure that a few months ago you were running around like a headless chicken screaming “It is TOTALLY clear that Vettel passed under yellow in Brazil!!!” Stop talking about things you do not and cannot comprehend.

  • James F1

    Different Engine Notes – possibly very easy explanation.

    Vettel in clean air no turbulence – engine running at optimal performance and doesn’t need to lift off and put down the throttle so much.

    Webber in the pack behind other cars with turbulence engine getting dirty air.

    Cold air through an engine works better. If you’re stuck behind another car your engine will strain as its pulling in warm dirty air into the engine.

    Like a dirty air filter on your car compared to a clean air filter.

    Second reason – the drivers possibly have asked there mechanics to setup the cars the way they want it.

    Pretty obvious really and you are really clutching at straws as the FIA would have had Red Bull over engine mapping. Lets face it the other teams are so far behind RBR.

  • farizY

    @Red Bull Cheats

    Run out of your so called ‘facts’, I see. LOL.

  • James F1

    If you check out Gary Andersons report on BBC website it actually gives you the reason why Vettel pulled away.

    Some more facts…

    Vettel is fast as starts known fact.
    Rosberg had rubber stuck in his front wing and said in Korea on Thursday that his engineers had worked out that this cost him downforce worth 1.7 seconds a lap.

    Renault engine characteristics make better use of the exhaust gases than other teams – perhaps by as much as 50%

    Mercedes Engineers have clearly stated 1.7 seconds a lap slower due to rubber in the front wing….. SO RBR are not cheats…

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