Fans Fume at Button for Hyping Vettel’s “Pressure” Amid Hulkenberg’s Arrival

Published 04/09/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Aston Martin’s announcement of bringing on Nico Hulkenberg as the team’s reserve driver was met with positive responses. However, former F1 world champion Jenson Button believes the move could signify something else, reckoning Sebastian Vettel’s could be in trouble.

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According to the former McLaren man, Nico was brought in to increase the pressure on Vettel. The 4-times world champion has had a poor start to the season. After struggling in the pre-season tests, a host of problems descended upon him during the race weekend in Bahrain. Eventually, he ended the race in P15.

Reacting to the news about Nico, Button tweeted saying, “Just to add a little more pressure on Seb’s shoulders.”

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F1 Fans react to Jenson Button creating unnecessary drama on Twitter

This comment didn’t go down to well with the F1 community on social media. Fans viewed Button’s comments as overly dramatic, and in a way trying to create a storyline that in reality is just not there.

It’s unlikely that Aston Martin would give up on Vettel so easily. It has just been one race, after all, that too one wherein he was plagued by a lot of ill luck.

Moreover, it’s evident that Vettel still needs some more time to get used to the AMR21. He himself has been open to admitting this, although a former rival was left a bit surprised.

Can Sebastian Vettel bounce back in Imola?

Clearly, it wasn’t the start that Vettel or his team envisioned in Bahrain. But with 22 races to go and the next one in Imola, there’s plenty of time for Vettel to step up to the plate.

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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

But he’ll need to adapt quickly and pick his performances up sooner rather than later. If he fails to do that in Imola, he risks getting mired in more criticism, and there’s no telling how much that’ll affect him in the next races. It could become a vicious cycle.

Can the ex-Red Bull star recapture his form of old? We shall soon find out.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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