“Ferrari Experience Has Taken a Piece of His Soul”: Ex F1 Teammate Sympathises With Sebastian Vettel

Published 04/27/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel at the end of practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Former F1 Grand Prix winner, Mark Webber, was once in the middle of an intense teammate rivalry with Sebastian Vettel, with the latter edging ahead on most of the occasions. There have certainly been a handful of nail-biting moments including collisions, team radio fallouts, and team order failures.


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However, did this bitter history hold Webber back from supporting the German, who is currently experiencing one of the worst phases of his F1 career? No.

The Australian has taken his attack to Vettel’s former racing team, Ferrari. Webber opined that Vettel’s experience with the Maranello outfit was the root cause of the ongoing poor run of form.


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What did Webber say?

As reported by SpeedWeek, Webber opened up that he is hoping his former teammate does well in the coming weeks.

It hurts me, the people in Germany may not believe me, but I would like him to do well,” he said. “I believe that the Ferrari experience has taken a piece of his soul.” (Translated from German using Google Translate)

Third-placed Mark Webber Red Bull Racing first placed Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Toro Rosso and second-placed Heikki Kovalainen of 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)

I think he has felt that confidence has broken. And he is now trying to regain the momentum to enjoy what he loves about the sport.”

Following a blistering phase with Red Bull, Vettel joined Ferrari with soaring confidence and sky-scraping goals. However, reality treated him rather differently. The hype died down as years went by and then came the agonizing 2020 season for the German.

It’s going to be a tough six months for Sebastian Vettel: Webber

Webber felt that Vettel could be looking forward to the longest six months with his new team, Aston Martin. And this period will decide whether the German is bound to give a comeback or not.

If you don’t enjoy your job, it affects performance. It’s going to be a tough six months. He’s the only one who can fix that inside himself,” he said. “You don’t think about what he’s achieved in the past at the moment. It’s hard to see. I hope he can get it back together soon.

It is a great challenge for him. I hope he manages, that he gets the confidence in the Aston Martin. But it is a mountain that he has to climb.”

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)

Of course, Vettel is receiving incredible support from the team despite the two horrendous outings this season. But one can’t blame the 33-year-old for both the weekends. While the incidents at Bahrain GP were all because of Vettel, it is not the same when it comes to Imola.


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Vettel drove a brilliant race, and if not for the untimely penalty or the pre-race misfortune, the Aston Martin driver would have had a shot at claiming his first points for the team.

But there’s a long list of race weekends waiting in line and all it takes is a bit more effort from Vettel and some luck to see himself in the top 10. Hence, will he get his redemption over the upcoming weekend in Portugal? Only time will tell.


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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.