Ex-Red Bull F1 Driver Explains Where Vettel Makes Up the Deficit to Leclerc, Norris or Verstappen

Published 08/16/2021, 6:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Sebastian Vettel had a rollercoaster ride with his new team, Aston Martin, this season. The four-time world champion had a troublesome start but was quick to find his feet in the new car after securing P2 at Baku. But the German’s excellent form went away as quickly as it came.

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Before the F1 entered the summer breaks, Vettel secured his second podium at the Hungarian GP. Unfortunately, the German was disqualified after failing to ensure a minimum of 1 liter in his car.

Meanwhile, former Formula 1 driver, Christian Klien believes there’s a lot to come from Sebastian Vettel this season. In addition, Klien took into consideration that the German may not have the one-lap pace of Leclerc, Norris, or Verstappen, but Vettel has cleverness and vast experience under his belt which will eventually help him in the second half of the season.

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What did Christian Klien say?

As quoted by Speedweek.com, when asked about Sebastian Vettel’s first-half performance with his new team, Christian Klien replied: “It was an up and down for him. But if there was something to get, then he did it. If he sees that something is going, then he delivers again.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“It is important that he has found fun again and that he feels that he is in good hands. I do believe that he still has the speed. Perhaps not in one round like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, or Max Verstappen, but he does it with his experience and cleverness.” (quotes translated via Google)

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Sebastian Vettel is enjoying racing again: Otmar Szafnauer

It was quite evident that the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, didn’t have the best of times in F1 during the last two years with Ferrari. The German left the Maranello-based team to join the new/rebranded Aston Martin this season. Meanwhile, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes Vettel is enjoying racing again.

As quoted by GPFans, when asked if Sebastian Vettel is finding his feet after a tough start to the year, Otmar Szafnauer replied: “Yeah, he’s more comfortable on the team. He’s more comfortable in himself.”

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action REUTERS/Florion Goga

“At the beginning, before Seb came here, he said, ‘Look, the reason I want to come is I want to enjoy racing again.’ That was his reason for coming. If you ask him, which I often do, he’s at a point now where he enjoys racing again.”

“Anyway, he feels really, really comfortable. He’s enjoying racing again, which is good. That’s exactly what he wanted,” added Szafnauer.

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Can Sebastian Vettel continue to display solid performances in the second half of the current season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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