FLASH: Sebastian Vettel an outstanding F1 Champion driver was once dubbed “The Crash Kid” but he will go down in history as 1 of the F1 great champions.
Mr. Vettel collected 4 world titles in a row achieving a aura of dominance that only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher managed.
And now this weekend Mr. Vettel iis heading into his home race with some concern.
At last year’s German GP his championship bid collapsed after a mistake he will never likely forget, some say Seb has not yet recovered.
With only 1 victory and an array of high-profile and costly errors, this has been a nightmare season for Mr. Vettel, 1 that many say has damaged his legacy forever, and which has sparked real doubts about his future in Motorsport.
What must be frustrating for Mr. Vettel is just how good last year’s German GP could have been for him and The Scuderia.
After beating Mr. Hamilton at Silverstone, Mr. Vettel was riding the crest of a wave and in Hockenheim, he then saw his championship rival exit Q2 in qualifying before sealing Pole himself. Even as Mr. Hamilton charged through from 14th on the grid to 4th as the rain started to fall in the race, Mr. Vettel was in control and heading for a 1st F1 victory at his home track and a 15-point championship advantage.
Then Turn 12 happened.
With just 15 laps remaining and under no immediate pressure, Mr. Vettel locked up in the rain enter the gravel, then the track-side barrier. His race was over in a matter of secs.
“I made a small mistake which had a huge impact on the result,” he said after, and yes, it was a small mistake which might not have been punished at other tracks, or indeed other sections of the Hockenheim circuit.
It was a small mistake his Key rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen rarely make.
Then come mistake after mistake
The Germany lock-up a year ago was an unforced error, which may sound unforgivable compared to faltering while racing another driver, locked in wheel-to-wheel combat. But it is the number of times Mr. Vettel has come unstuck when fighting rivals that alarms us, like in Italy and the USA.
We had hoped ath Mr. Vettel turned the page in this Y 2019 season, buoyed by the challenge of a new young team-mate in Charles Leclerc and a seemingly strong Ferrari package.
But no, Ferrari has struggled yet to win a race this year, all while Mr. Vettel has been making the same mistakes under pressure.
At the season’s 2nd race in Bahrain, Mr. Vettel spun when trying to defend against Mr. Hamilton. And he was not in contention for a victory again until Canada.
Mr. Vettel, the Pole-sitter, looked to be in control of that race until Mr. Hamilton closed the gap and Mr. Vettel, struggling for grip, locked-up and ran onto the grass, forcing the MercedesAMG towards the wall as a result. A 5 sec penalty was given, Mr. Vettel had lost again.
“What we saw in Canada was a man falling out of love with Formula 1 without a safety net of success and fulfilment to catch him,” said a vocal fan.
Then at Silverstone came another mistake, as Mr. Vettel shunted the back of Mr. Verstappen’s Red Bull racer after being overtaken. He finished 16 there.
The F1 champion is currently 100 pts behind leader Mr. Hamilton in the championship. He has 1 victory, at August’s 2018 Belgian GP, since this time last year, while Mr. Hamilton has 15.
Mr. Vettel was nicknamed ‘the crash kid’ by a rival team principal as a Red Bull Racing youngster.
In 2017, Vettel bashed wheels with Hamilton in Baku, collided with both Kimi Raikkonen and Verstappen in Singapore and clashed with Messrs Hamilton and Verstappen in Mexico.
But although he is often fighting closer with his rivals these days than he was during his 2010-2013 streak, you do not win 4 F1 championships without excelling in attack, defense, and winning.
Having won his 4 titles so young, all by the age of 26, there is the argument to suggest Mr. Vettel is past his prime at 30 anni, 2 years younger than Mr. Hamilton who continues to improve.
Mr. Vettel is adamant that he will stay at Ferrari until he achieves his “dream” to emulate his hero, Michael Schumacher and bring the glory days back toThe Scuderia, his current contract expires at the end of Y 2020.
Mr. Vettel is an F1 traditionalist who loves the history of sport, speaks passionately and eloquently about its future and who commands a huge amount of respect in the paddock even from Mr. Hamilton who claimed “he will recover and he will redeem himself” after his latest setback.
Mr. Vettel hopes this past year is the anomaly in his F1 racing career and not the beginning of the end. His fans are pulling for him the turn the page this weekend at Hockenheim, I am 1 of them.
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