Drive to Survive Exposed Extent of Ferrari’s Internal Turmoil on Vettel: Webber

Published 04/13/2021, 7:17 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Mark Webber witnessed the championship run of Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull firsthand. The pair were teammates at the Austrian team from 2009 to 2013. During that time, the German clinched four back-to-back championships to his name.

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Vettel later moved to Ferrari in hopes of following in the footsteps of his idol, Michael Schumacher. Unfortunately, he failed to do so and was forced to end his stint with the Maranello team in 2020 with a rather disastrous season. For the 2021 season, the German signed with Aston Martin. However, his run of performances has not improved as expected by the F1 community.

In a recent interview, Vettel‘s former teammate, Webber, explained that the Drive to Survive series on Netflix hinted at the German’s plight and the team atmosphere in his last season with Ferrari.

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MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Third placed Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing, first placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso and second placed Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and McLaren Mercedes celebrate in parc ferme following qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“It’s really, really hard to know how all this has happened. But I think it’s pretty clear – I’ve watched a bit of the Drive To Survive and you know [that] if that’s what’s coming out, the inside of Ferrari must have been quite challenging for him.”

“So he was looking for a change of scenery. But we’re always measured on what we’re doing in the car,” said the former F1 driver.

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Sebastian Vettel is going to be hard on himself, claims Webber

As the German’s teammate, Mark Webber has gotten to know Vettel better than many. So, the Aussie knows, that even though the expectations and pressure on the Aston Martin driver are very high, Vettel is still his own toughest critic.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“He’s going to be really hard on himself. It’s easy for this stuff to snowball out of control. And that’s what his mission has got to be now is to make sure this doesn’t snowball out of control, that he can get back on the horse and have sort of some feeling with this car,” explained Webber.

Sebastian Vettel finished the season opener in Bahrain five positions behind his teammate, Lance Stroll. The team and the German will look for points finish at Imola next weekend.

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Do you believe Vettel will find his mojo back soon or is this season going to be another disaster for the German?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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