According to Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko, Sebastian Vettel simply needs a change of team. He believes that that holds the key to Vettel getting his Formula 1 career and his mojo back on track.
The German driver was on the receiving end of a brutal lambasting by the Italian media after the British GP. This was especially after yet another fundamental mistake, which cost him a surefire podium.
“At Red Bull, he hardly made any mistakes,” confessed Max Verstappen. “You do not forget how to drive.
“So why does this stuff keep happening to him over and over again at Ferrari?”
Marko is of the opinion that the problem is a crisis of confidence for the four-time World champion.
“You make mistakes when you are no longer sure of yourself,” he revealed to Auto Bild. “It happens in the subconscious.”
Vettel has a contract for 2020, but that has not stopped speculation that he might either quit F1 or even return to Red Bull.
Red Bull team manager Jonathan Wheatley said: “Sebastian is a very intelligent, sensitive and warm-hearted man.”
“You can tell by how loving he is to his wife and his children. Or the fantastic speech he delivered in honour of Charlie Whiting at Silverstone.”
“He’s not such a tough guy like Michael Schumacher or Fernando Alonso, who were always able to perform. Sebastian is a driver who has to feel unconditional support.”
“He had that with Red Bull. And he probably doesn’t have it at Ferrari,” Wheatley added.
Marko believes that leaving Ferrari might be the only thing that can put Vettel back on track to challenge Lewis Hamilton.
“Sebastian would have to be in a different environment. In order words, change the team,” he said. “But I see no way for 2020.”