News Vettel says F1 drivers exploiting VSC "loophole"

01:55  14 may  2018
01:55  14 may  2018 Source:

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SweetVermouth said : ↑. I've thought about this for a while and maybe I found the solution to this: Vettel didn't really exploit the VSC . Ferrari realized there's a loophole in the rules and they used it. There shouldn't be such a loophole , though. It makes no sense that half a lap away from an accident you

Formula 1 : Who would win if both Vettel and Alonso were driving same type of car? The VSC was not a loophole , but an advantage of an event, that Ferrari took. That said , Hamilton was running away with the race until when both Haas cars retired due to a loose wheel.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H© Andrew Hone / LAT Images Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H

Sebastian Vettel has criticised Formula 1's virtual safety car system, claiming it is open to abuse from drivers.

Vettel finished fourth in the Spanish Grand Prix, having lost two places to Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen's Red Bull after making a pitstop under the VSC.

Vettel admitted making a mistake in stopping his car in his pit on cold tyres that contributed to that loss of position, but he still criticised the VSC system because he feels it contains a weakness in the software that allows drivers to go faster than they should be able to.

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I think there’s an easy way to close the pit-under- VSC loophole , which is to either close the pits or Say that SC is 8.3 secs less loss time compared to green, and VSC is 6.5 seconds less. Vettel lost a total of 41.3 from pitting under VSC . So overall, Vettel gained 7 secs on Hamilton as a result.

"It's the same for everyone but the FIA is supplying us with a system that makes us follow a delta time, and everybody has to slow down by, I think, 40%, but I think everybody's aware you can have a faster way to go under VSC than just follow the delta – by saving distance," Vettel said.

"So, I think we should have a system that hasn't got this loophole, because it forces us to drive ridiculous lines around the track and everybody's doing it so I don't think it's a secret.

"Our sport should be in a better shape than supplying software that's just poor and allows us to find some extra performance that way."

This is the second time Vettel has criticised the FIA's safety car procedure, having described the timing of a real safety car period in April's Chinese GP as "not right".

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Following his victory in the US GP, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton said he was confident of exploiting the mistakes he could see Sebastian Vettel making ahead of him. Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel blew his early lead of the United States GP by overcooking his tyres.

8am: “We got a bit lucky with the VSC obviously,” Vettel says . 7.55am: Vettel picks up the trophy and the champagne, with Lewis looks like he wants to throw in the bin. Quotes from the drivers in a minute or two.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting said he wasn't aware of any specific problem with the VSC system and disagreed it's possible to manipulate the system by driving a certain way.

"I don't know what he's talking about, honestly," Whiting said. "The VSC has a map in the ECU which is 30% slower than a quick lap. Drivers have to follow that lap.

"It's measured every 50m of travel along the track. It measures where it is relevant to the reference lap and gives you a plus or minus.

"Every 50m they are reminded if they are above or below.

"They are allowed to go negative [quicker than the reference time] but as long as they are positive once in each marshalling sector and at the safety car 1 line [it's OK].

"Even if someone does go slow, as long as they get to zero by that point it doesn't matter.

"If it's measured every 50m then any advantage you can get for taking a different line on the track is going to be absolutely minimal.

"I can sort of see what he's saying, but the racing line is the optimal one."

Additional reporting by Scott Mitchell and Roberto Chinchero

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