Hulkenberg Figures Out Why Vettel has Huge Fluctuations in F1 Performance at Aston Martin

Published 07/10/2021, 7:33 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Sebastian Vettel has had a rollercoaster of a ride at Aston Marton. While he started off poorly and seemed to be proving his critics right, he then seemed to have found his form in Baku, securing a P2 finish. Most people considered that the return of old Seb, but his good form went away as quickly as it came.

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Understandably, this is confusing for a lot of people, questioning why Vettel is facing the problems he is facing. His fellow German driver, Nico Hulkenberg, seems to have an answer.

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Nico Hulkenberg believes car is responsible for Seb’s poor performance

In an interview with RTL, as quoted by Speedweek, Hulkenberg revealed that he believes the car is the reason why there are fluctuations in Vettel’s performance. Furthermore, he admitted that driving on the street circuits is more about drivers’ experience than the car.

“That is of course always connected with the car. Sebastian really had difficulties, however, and it took a while before he understood the car and really got inside. That was a bit of a surprise,” said the 33-year-old.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“Baku was of course the highlight and a bit of a breakout. The races in France and Austria were then again rather mediocre and average, and that is of course also due to the car.

“It’s not as good as it was at the end of last year. Of course, it’s not that easy as a driver.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Sebastian Vettel will hope to take some points home at British GP

The German would certainly look to end his streak of two points-less races when F1 reaches Silverstone. Fortunately, his chances are good, as Vettel has previously won the British GP on two occasions – 2009 and 2018.

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

Moreover, Seb is arguably still in good form, as had qualified in P8 at the last. Unfortunately, he started the race in P11 after FIA handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Fernando Alonso at turn 10.

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To make things worse, the German started the race on the soft compound, which forced him to make an early pit stop. As a result, Vettel fell further behind the grid and ultimately could not come back to rescue points.

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What do you think? Can Sebastian Vettel display a solid performance at next weekend’s British Grand Prix? 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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