Prefer Nervous Rear in a Car: Sebastian Vettel Contradicts Theory About His Driving Style

Published 03/06/2021, 6:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – November 15, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race REUTERS/Kenan Asyali


Last season, F1’s goofball Daniel Ricciardo coined the term ‘Seb Spin.’ Although it was a friendly jab at Sebastian Vettel, the underlying reason behind it was the German’s proneness to lose the rear of his car in the entry to a corner, lock his wheels, and spin around in a rather shameful fashion.

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Now, nobody denies that Sebastian Vettel had a torrid time last season with Ferrari. Yes, the SF1000 was uncompetitive, but when your teammate manages to score almost three times as many points as you, it is never a great advertisement for your driving talents.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel comes off the track during the race Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The talk that built around the paddock was that he struggled with the unstable rear of his car. And that explained his performance gap to Charles Leclerc. But he thinks that all this talk has gone overboard.

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“All this talk about the stern has degenerated a bit. If you look at the cars that I drove at Red Bull or at the beginning at Ferrari, then there were always times when the rear was more nervous, and that’s okay.”

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On the other hand, he doesn’t prefer his car to be too stable in the rear. He believes that one loses performance if it understeers and turns late into a corner too much; as a driver you have to find the right balance or else you can lose time.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

“So I don’t think that I’m more susceptible than the others in this regard. If anything, I don’t like it when the car really just understeers,” said Vettel.

“There are some driving techniques when it comes to understeer, but your hands are a little more tied or you are a little more restricted. So actually I prefer it when the car is a little more nervous, it really helps you turn in.”

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If the AMR21 can suit him or not, we can only really find out once the season starts in Bahrain. Though Vettel has huge expectations, “The way it sounds, it’s very different. I hope it suits me.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing the race in third place Pool via REUTERS/Kenan Asyali

The four-time champion must still feel he has in him to stand atop the podium once again. He is desperate to prove himself and get going in his new surrounding.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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