Jenson Button's smooth driving style hampers his ability to heat the tyres in cold conditions.
Jenson Button's smooth driving style hampers his ability to heat the tyres in cold conditions.

Button needs to feel the heat to stave off Vettel challenge

Sebastian Vettel's virtuoso display at Silverstone was just what the Formula One World Championship needed. At last it looks as if Jenson Button may have a realistic challenger for the drivers' title after Vettel put in arguably one of the most impressive drives of the season. Yes, he had the fastest car, but he made full use of it. He won the British Grand Prix in the opening stint with a devastating display as he pulled away from second placed Rubens Barrichello by a second a lap. What was most impressive was that Vettel was doing this with a car that was five laps heavier in fuel than Barrichello, which just illustrated the advantage that the German had. He is now 25 points behind Button in the standings and with nine races to go will fancy his chances of carving big chunks into that lead if his team can maintain this kind of form. It won't be that easy though for a number of reasons. Firstly, this was always going to be a track that was going to suit Red Bull perfectly thanks to the high speed sweeps and corners that make up the Northamptonshire circuit. Secondly, the low temperatures weakened the Brawn challenge massively to the extent that, at one stage, Button was less than 10 seconds ahead of the admirably quick Force India of Giancarlo Fisichella - not what you would have expected from a driver who had won six of the first seven races. The thing that has helped Button so much this season actually proved to be his biggest weakness at Silverstone. For much of the season Button has looked after his tyres superbly in his Brawn on hot tracks, giving him a big advantage as his rivals have struggled with graining and degradation. At Monaco, Button's ability to nurse his tyres in the early stages won him the race as his teammate Barrichello struggled and Vettel ultimately crashed as he did not find enough grip. But at Silverstone that smooth style went against him as he was unable to generate heat in his tyres, which consequently gave him little grip. It caused his lowly grid slot of sixth in qualifying and led to him being baulked by Jarno Trulli's Toyota at the start and eventually falling to ninth at the end of the first lap. The Briton, thanks to good strategy, did well to minimise the damage to just sixth in the end. Brawn won't be this weak at warmer circuits, but they will be hoping for hotter conditions at the next round at the Nurburgring in Germany, which has been known for it's unseasonal weather in the past. I expect most of the upcoming races to give Button the heat that he needs. Belgium may favour Vettel as potentially could the night race in Singapore, while Japan and Brazil are difficult to predict. It will be only in the coming races that we will see a true picture of whether Vettel and Red Bull do have a speed advantage thanks to their aerodynamic and diffuser updates. But even if they do now have the edge on Brawn, it will still be difficult for Vettel to catch Button. The problem with the 10 points for a win and eight points for second system is that while it does stop someone going massively clear in the standings, it also makes it very difficult to close the gap if you're chasing. If Button can avoid non-finishes and can continue scoring points, even if Vettel racks up more wins it will still be a tough task to beat the Englishman. Elsewhere, Ferrari and Williams both showed glimpses of speed with Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg both putting in good performances for their respective teams. Massa was well worth fourth place as he continues to push, while Rosberg bounced back from his disappointment at being out-qualified by Kazuki Nakajima by outracing his Japanese teammate to take fifth for Williams. There was plenty of good racing further down the grid with the world champion Lewis Hamilton having entertaining dices with former teammate Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica's BMW. While he may be lumbered with uncompetitive machinery that saw him finish a lap down in 16th the Briton could not be accused of a lack of effort as he threw his McLaren around the track, sometimes pushing too hard as his late spin at Club corner proved.

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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