Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Did Vettel Cheat, Massa's Boat-Car and More

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 30, 2013

Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Did Vettel Cheat, Massa's Boat-Car and More

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    There are a few interesting tidbits from around the world of Formula 1 as the drivers and teams gear up for the Korean Grand Prix this weekend.

    Seats are still up for grabs, there are battles all over the grid to be waged, and the teams already have half an eye on next year.

    We take a look at the big talking points over the next few slides.

Veteran Minardi Questions Vettel and Red Bull in Singapore

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    Perhaps the most interesting talking point was the emergence of a blog from Giancarlo Minardi, entitled: "Singapore, what's inside Newey and Vettel's magic hat?"

    The former team owner couldn't get his head around Vettel's dominance in Singapore, and questioned how he could have a 2.5-second advantage over the rest of the field.

    Despite insisting that he did not wish to cast aspersions over Red Bull's success, he admits that he wondered whether they were using a form of traction control:

    The thing that surprised me the most was the RB1 engine's output sound. Besides speeding up 50 m before any other driver, the Renault engine of the German's car grinded like no other French engines on track, not even Mark [Webber]'s. That sound was similar to the sound made by the engine when the traction control system got into action in the past seasons.

    Traction control has been banned this season, and while there was some talk over whether Red Bull were working around it in some way earlier in the year, they are not under any suspicion within the sport.

    Whether there's any truth or not, the chatter illustrates the grid's confusion as to how they are being beaten so comprehensively at present.

Felipe Massa: The Asset

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    Deputy chief designer at Ferrari Simone Resta has leant his support to Felipe Massa for the upcoming season.

    Massa has been ditched by Ferrari after a long stint with the team, but has not given up on continuing in the sport next season.

    When asked by Autosport if Massa would be a worthwhile signing for another team ahead of the 2014 season, Resta replied:

    I think so.

    He is quite an experienced guy. He has been driving at a high level for us since 2007 so has a lot of experience.

    Quite how much that will mean coming from the team which has ushered him out for Kimi Raikkonen, however, remains to be seen. An asset for anyone, except Ferrari.

     

Massa's Been Playing Around with a Boat/Car

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    Even if he's not driving in F1 next season, Felipe won't be short of things to do.

    Over the weekend he was tweeting about a strange contraption he spotted in the bay at Monte Carlo.

    É barco ou carro??? Its a boat or a car ??? http://t.co/dzQqEPvZAu

    — Felipe1Massa (@Felipe1Massa) September 26, 2013

     Good question. Next on the agenda; who's its lead driver for next season?

     

Prost's Warning on 2014 Engines

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    Next season's engines are due to have a major overhaul, and four-time world champion Alain Prost has warned that there is no reason to expect them to be perfect from the beginning:

    In quotes picked up by Eurosport, Prost admits:

    We all need to accept that sometimes it is going to be a problem.

    The public will understand it is a new technology and it is not reliable, but slowly they will see that you get the performance, the reliability, the fuel consumption.

    It's very good for the automobile industry and the three, or maybe four [when Honda joins in 2015] constructors.

    I remember the way we were in the 80s when Renault didn't have a good image and then F1 helped them very much.

    As explained on James Allen on F1, new vehicles for next season will have 1.6 litre V6 engines, which will make them significantly less demanding on fuel than in previous years.

    They are also expected to last approximately twice as long as current engines.