Just savour Vettel's ride into history

Just savour Vettel's ride into history

AS SEBASTIAN Vettel celebrated his seventh win in succession in Abu Dhabi, some people have unsurprisingly described his domination of the second half of the 2013 Formula One season as boring.

I disagree.

We should savour watching sporting history being made.

I suspect that, in years to come, we will talk about witnessing a Formula One legend being created. At just 26 years old, Vettel can already be mentioned in the same breath as the mighty Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna or Juan Manuel Fangio.

Last Sunday's win confirmed again that we are watching someone special. From second place on the grid, Vettel balanced first the amount of throttle against clutch slip and wheel-spin, then hit the kinetic energy recovery system (Kers) button in a perfectly timed move to boost his car's power and snatch the lead in the opening corner.

Team-mate Mark Webber, who had stolen pole-position glory from Vettel, wasn't so slick with his Kers timing.

As Vettel took the lead, Webber slipped back to third behind the hard-charging Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

While some believe that developments such as Kers hybrid power and the drag reduction system (DRS) demean pure racing, in Abu Dhabi, it was fascinating to watch drivers working with the technology to gain an advantage.

On lap 20 of the race, Webber got his Kers tactics just right.

Heading out of the slow Turn 7 onto the long back straight, he elected not to use his power boost in pursuit of Rosberg.

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