Sebastian Vettel Accepts He Can’t Use the Car as an Excuse for Poor Ferrari Form

Published 10/26/2020, 9:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It was a bit of a mixed week for Scuderia Ferrari at Portimao. While Charles Leclerc made a marked improvement finishing P4, Sebastian Vettel trudged along to deliver a P10 finish.

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There has been a sense of the obvious for some time now, that things are coming to an end between Vettel and Ferrari. However, that was never a reason for either party to not fulfill the objectives of the 2020 season.

Ferrari’s latest upgrades have also become a positive of sorts for the team, and Leclerc in particular. Vettel feels that despite him not having the best of times with his SF1000, finishing what he started is quite important.

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Sebastian Vettel is having a hard time with his Ferrari

One of the most joyous things for a driver is when they get a grip on the handling of their car. The synergy between the car and the driver is what leads to successful results in Formula 1.

The 33-year-old German racer has probably not enjoyed the same grip as Leclerc, but he believes that using the machinery as an excuse is not his style. He also feels that maintaining focus on delivering his best is all that matters.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Armando Franca

In an interview, Vettel said, “Then I just have to adapt. And I’m having a hard time with that.”

“Charles obviously has a different feel for grip than I do. And that’s why I don’t drive as fast as he does. I have to concentrate on myself and do my thing.” stated Vettel. (translated from Google Translate)

Can Vettel turn it around at Racing Point in 2021?

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The four-time World Champion has become somewhat relatively isolated at the team now. Obviously, Ferrari would not be including him in any strategy calls and plans for the upcoming season in 2021.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wearing a protective face mask ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

But, at the prime of his career, a new challenge awaits him at Aston Martin – currently known as Racing Point. The chance to reclaim some of that former glory is there for the taking.

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However, while Vettel’s supporters will not doubt his ability, questions will be asked of his comfort level while driving the new car. In that regard, the 2021 winter testing will probably be able to offer a clearer picture about the same.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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