Is Sebastian Vettel Cheating?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Everybody’s gunning for you when you’re at the top. But what if you’re being accused of cheating?

That’s exactly what is happening to Formula 1 ace Sebastian Vettel, who is laughing off allegations that his Infiniti Red Bull Racing team is using illegal traction control to gain an advantage on the track. With a 60-point lead heading into this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, Vettel is poised to win his fourth consecutive title.

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Former Formula 1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi is accusing the team of using banned traction control to gain a cornering-speed advantage. Minardi, who was present at the Singapore race where Vettel was a staggering 2.5 seconds a lap faster than his competitors, believes the sound of the car in corners indicate that it was using some form of traction control.

However, fellow drivers and competitors believe that Infiniti Red Bull Racing is working well within the rules and that it’s simply just technology other teams have yet to figure out. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari said “they are using something different compared to other teams but something that is completely OK because it’s passed all the tests on Saturdays and Sundays.”

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[Source: USA Today]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 05, 2013

    OH YAWN! My guess is they discovered a way to gravitate either -the atomized fuel or -the cylinder's airflow swirl ...away from ideal flame kernel location. (but only beyond a very specific G-load)