Hungry Heidi proves Sebastian Vettel's mettle early in 2013
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Abbey (RB8) had its share of ups and downs in the 63rd season of Formula One. After the initial hiccups (almost half of the season) it flabbergasted everything that came between Sebastian Vettel and the elusive World Championship. Everything went wrong for the car haughtily bearing its driver's Numero Uno on its gleaming livery. The so-called "Cry-Baby" propelled in the season despite poor tyre strategies, puncture from a collision with Narain Karthikeyan's HRT, a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags to a fuel pump issue forcing a pit lane start.
Burning the rubber in his begrudged coupe, the-25-year-old made history, becoming the youngest world champion for the third consecutive year in 2012. And that was when we thought that the consummation would quell Vettel's misery for not being credited as a great driver. But there seems to be no end to the agony, as a lot has been said and written to scupper Vettel's driving credentials. When he claimed the championship in Brazil, beating Fernando Alonso by just three points, there were a lot of revelations that it was Alonso's championship to lose. All the commendation went to Abbey for providing that edge to its master. Only two other men who have walked on this planet in flesh and blood had achieved this feat earlier- Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Although, Baby Schumi has proved to be the most successful driver on the current list of drivers contesting in Formula One, many still believe that it is the car that has led Vettel to this ascendance. Somehow his critics fail to acknowledge the fact that the German's Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber drives the car with same specifications and has never won a single World Championship.
Technically known as RB9, Vettel's car for 2013 season (Hungry Heidi) is a dream machine. Designed by Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey along with Rob Marshall (Chief Designer) and Peter Prodromou (Head of Aerodynamics), the car named after Heidi Klum is the envy of the rest of the paddock. Unlike the RB8, its successor picked the winning habit considerably early in the season by claiming the first pole position (Sebastian Vettel) in Melbourne. Out of the 7 races this year, so far, the promising vehicle has won 3 with Vettel in the driving seat. However, Webber is yet to open his account.