Sebastian Vettel is currently under fire and in a bit of a spot? The reason? Well, the blame for Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Lando Norris (McLaren) coming nearly to blows during the qualifying on Saturday, has been shifted to Sebastian Vettel’s shoulders.
But the question that perhaps most of us haven’t yet come to terms with is whether Sebastian Vettel is to be actually blamed for this?
Yesterday, McLaren rookie Lando Norris, one of the real revelations of 2019- given his pace and real talent as seen so far- shared that while he was blocked by Romain, it was the Ferrari driver who really spoiled his run.
In fact, Lando Norris did use some choicest words for Sebastian Vettel sharing candidly that, “Vettel screwed me!” And interestingly, Sebastian Vettel, lest it is forgotten, is the man who starts second on the grid, right behind Charles Leclerc, the youngest Ferrari pole-sitter.
Norris alleged that Sebastian Vettel passed him into the final turn. And what did this lead to?
Due to Vettel’s move, the Haas driver had to back off in order to salvage his flying lap- a time where everyone was trying to set the fastest lap possible. As a result, Lando Norris’ lap was compromised.
While thankfully, no accident occurred, it was noted that Sebastian Vettel’s move did threaten the two drivers’ chances at the end of it.
At the end of the day, neither was Lando Norris happy nor were the racing stewards. But interestingly, defending the Frenchman, Norris shared the following of the incident:
“To be fair to him he only had three seconds for his team to tell him I was behind if they didn’t already.”
Are you listening, Sebastian Vettel?
On Sunday, what will matter most, from a Ferrari point of view would be to note whether Sebastian Vettel can salvage something out of the race. Not that his starting position is any weak. It’s just that Sebastian Vettel would be keen to get a hot start, with his younger teammate Leclerc right in front. What might matter most here would be the lack of experience that Leclerc would be contending with against Sebastian Vettel, a four-time winner here at Sakhir.