Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are both excellent drivers, so how can their driving technique and racing lines be so different?

This video takes an in-depth look at how Hamilton and Vettel’s racing lines differ, including how this affects speed and lap time.  The analysis is from racing driver and coach, Scott Mansell.

Scott looks at one example of the racing line at Luffield, Silverstone (see our circuit guide here) but the example explains the broader technique of both drivers.

While Hamilton tends to turn the car in more gently, and have a more geometric, soft racing line, Vettel drives with more straight lines and mostly “v’s” the corner off – therefore carrying more speed in and out, but with a lower minimum.

As the video explains, both driving techniques have pros and cons for the Mercedes and Ferrari F1 drivers.