‘His Critics Should Be Aware of This’- Amid Criticism Over F1 Form, Vettel Finds Support

Published 04/07/2021, 7:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Sebastian Vettel is one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, with four world titles under his belt. While many now claim he’s past his prime, Rally champion Walter Rohrl has defended the Aston Martin driver and thinks that the German still has what it takes.

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In 2020, Vettel’s finished his last season as a Ferrari driver in the 13th spot in the driver’s standings with just 33 points to his name. Now with Aston Martin, the German has gotten a new lease on life at redeeming himself.

However, things didn’t go as planned for Vettel in his debut race for the Silverstone-based team. He had a grid penalty that saw him start dead last and a 10 second time penalty due to his crash with Ocon.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Rally Champion, Rohl comes to defend Sebastian Vettel

In an interview with F1 Insider, Rohrl said, “Such a talent has not forgotten how to drive. There must be reasons, both at Ferrari and now at Aston Martin, why things didn’t go that way. Sebastian has not forgotten how to drive one hundred percent.”

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

“I see the team’s duty to help him. With the right material, he can still win races and titles. There is no doubt about that. His critics should be aware of this.” (translated from German via Google)

Ralf Schumacher tells Vettel to stop complaining and start delivering

As quoted by PlanetF1, Schumacher said, “He has to step on the gas now. The whining that he doesn’t feel the car has to stop. Nobody cares about that, and after all, we’re in Formula 1 here and he’s also earning a lot of money.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“At the end of the day, Sebastian is an experienced racing driver and a multiple world champion. He has to clean up with his team-mate now and the rest will come on its own even if the Aston Martin doesn’t turn into a winning car this year,” he concluded.

The next round of the 2021 season takes us to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can Vettel prove that he still has what it takes to be in F1 and push the limits of the car around the track? What did you think of Vettel’s first race in green? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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