Rumor Rating Description
A rumor rated as 'speculation' is one that has no supporting information
A rumor rated as 'strong' is one where we received information from more than one source.
A rumor rated as 'fact' is one that has proven to be true
A rumor rated as 'false' is one that has proven to be false based on new information
These rumors are just that, RUMORS, and are not to be taken as 'fact' unless so noted.  Please visit our Hot News page for news.  If you have a rumor, or can supply more information about one listed here, e-mail us with as much supporting information as possible and we may post it. User Agreement and Disclaimer. Newer rumors supersede older ones of the same topic.  Go to our forums to discuss any rumor.
for your iPhone
for your iPad

2018 NASCAR Silly Season Page | 2018 F1 Silly Season Page | 2018 IndyCar Silly Season Page

Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
Red Bull faked Vettel gearbox problem
Vettel let Webber through to the lead but everyone thinks it was to give Webber at least one win for the season, such was the dominance of Vettel
(GMM) Even Ferrari smelled a rat on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel let his teammate Mark Webber pass for victory during the 2011 season finale.

Before the Brazilian grand prix, Australian Webber had failed to win a single race all season but was mathematically still in the fight for second place in the drivers' championship.

In the race, he passed dominant back-to-back world champion teammate Vettel after the 24-year-old developed what Red Bull described as a gearbox problem.

But suspicions were roused in the media centre when the young German continued to set fast lap times from second place, and it also emerged that Vettel's gearbox had been freshly installed before the event.

"They are really good at dealing with problems," Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali is quoted as having coyly told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Vettel, who compared the situation to Ayrton Senna in 1991 when the fabled Brazilian managed to drive around a gearbox problem at Interlagos to win, insists his issue was genuine.

"I can tell you that I had a gearbox problem," he said when asked by a cynical reporter.

And Webber told O Estado de S.Paulo's Livio Oricchio: "I've agreed with you many times this year, but not this time."

Auto Motor und Sport quotes the race winner adding: "I could smell it (Vettel's failing gearbox). And you could see that he was losing oil."

Indeed, the team's Dr Helmut Marko told German broadcaster RTL that Vettel's gearbox was almost completely depleted of fluid after the race.

"I think Adrian Newey usually says 'There is too much oil in the gearbox'," the Austrian smiled, "but I think he can see now that it is all there for a reason!"
Rumors Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
AutoRacing1 Inc. BBB Business Review

Search Rumors
Search Help

Banner 10000012