Kate Walker: Bowing to the inevitable

Used to keeping her eye on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing that makes Formula One a political melodrama, here Kate Walker discusses some of the hidden costs faced by F1 teams…

It didn’t happen in Suzuka, so – barring alien abduction or some other unlikely event – Sebastian Vettel will be crowned 2013 Formula One World Champion in India, making the German one of three racers in F1 history to have claimed four consecutive titles.

It is a remarkable achievement from both man and team, but the endless stream of Red Bull success has led to a sense of ennui in the paddock. Another Saturday, another RBR on pole. Another Sunday, another commanding victory. Ctrl + C, ctrl + V on last week’s race report, and find and replace all mentions of the last circuit to swap them with the current one.

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