Hamilton: Vettel’s car is just that far ahead of everyone else’s

Lewis Hamilton fooling around in the Yas Marina pit garage : FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton fooling around in the Yas Marina pit garage

Nov.3 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel is only on the cusp of securing an ultra rare hat-trick of Formula One World Championship titles because of the superiority of the Adrian Newey penned Red Bull cars – RB6, RB7 and RB8 – he has had at his disposal.

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 09: Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (C) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme with second placed Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren and third placed Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Ferrari Êqualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2012 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Fernando Alonso; Lewis HamiltonThat is the claim of Lewis Hamilton, who hinted that he rates the talents of the German’s 2012 championship rival Fernando Alonso more highly.

“For me, Fernando is more accurate,” McLaren driver Hamilton is quoted by British newspapers in Abu Dhabi.

” [Alonso] hits all the apexes. [Vettel] goes off and he still goes quickest. And I think holy sh*t, I couldn’t do that lap even if I was on the limit.

“His car is just that far ahead of everyone else’s,” said Hamilton.

Indeed, the big step forwards made by Red Bull recently has many figures in the F1 paddock scratching their heads.

“They’ve done something,” Hamilton insisted. “The car doesn’t look any different but all of a sudden there’s a gap. I have my own opinion and I know how it is but that just confirms it when you miss all those corners. But you still have to do a job with it and he does.”

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012.

Without specifically naming Red Bull, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh hinted that the energy drink owned team is happier than some other top teams to skirt close to the legal limits.

“It’s the old Benetton effect, isn’t it?” he is quoted by the Guardian.

“I’m trying to avoid [mentioning] the obvious one today, [but] Benetton was a brand that enjoyed controversy for their particular consumer,” said Whitmarsh.

“There are teams that appear to have racier interpretations on regulations and resource restrictions.”

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi admitted that he expects Vettel to cruise to the 2012 title now.

“When you see it from inside the car, it’s unbelievable,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

“If it continues like this, I think Sebastian will win easily,” said the Japanese.

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