Sebastian Vettel didn’t perform at his best in Silverstone to say it mildly. Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto commented on Vettel’s crash.
The fight for the championship title is as good as over for Sebastian Vettel. 100 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton after the British Grand Prix. Worse: After another driving error, this time while chasing Max Verstappen, Vettel is headed for another crisis.
For the German, it has already been the fourth mistake this season. Making it worse, he just doesn’t feel comfortable in his Ferrari, whereas his team-mate Charles Leclerc goes from strength to strength in the same car.
Still, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto stands behind Vettel. But even there we can recognize a slight change of undertone: “Sebastian is a pro. He is aware of his difficulties. But he also knows that they can motivate him. We have to help him with this. We have to help him find the car he needs, the set-up, the best balance.”
Going further, Binotto: “Sebastian has made a mistake, he knows that very well. I am very sorry for him, I have to talk to him. I don’t think there is anything else to teach to Sebastian.
He himself knows how important it is not to make mistakes, and he also knows how important the points are for the team. I’m sure he will act on this by himself. His race rhythm, compared to Leclerc’s, was not bad. He has to take this away as positive.”
This is called gentle pressure by the team principal, especially if the teammate is praised as follows:
“Charles Leclerc showed a fantastic race in the way he attacked and defended himself. We always knew what an extraordinary driver he is. Today more people have seen it.”
And what did Vettel say?:
“I know that I can get better results on Sundays.”
Ralf Schumacher’s Warnings
Sebastian Vettels Fahrfehler beim Großen Preis von Großbritannien in Silverstone sorgt erneut für jede Menge Diskussionen. Zu Wort meldet sich nun auch Sky-Experte Ralf Schumacher.
Vettel doesn’t have it easy after such a weekend. Sebastian Vettels Fahrfehler beim Großen Preis von Großbritannien in Silverstone sorgt erneut für jede Menge Diskussionen. Zu Wort meldet sich nun auch Sky-Experte Ralf Schumacher.
Certainly, Vettel’s driving mistake once again provided a lot of discussion in the paddock. TV commentator, Ralf Schumacher found clear words for Sebastian Vettel after the race: “Two young drivers are fighting wheel to wheel and one of the older drivers can’t make it work. That shouldn’t happen to him.”
Schumacher’s conclusion: “Sebastian must be careful that he doesn’t lose his number one status. He has almost lost it already and Charles doesn’t make it easy for him.”
On the other hand, just before the race in Silverstone, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto once again confirmed Vettel’s number one status at Ferrari.
*This article was first published in German at autobild.de/motorsport.