F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Lesson Learned at Baku 2017
Daniel Ricciardo, winner at China is on a high and Baku rewards the overtaking moves he is known for, but he will not be faster than Sebastian Vettel, and he cannot depend on the safety car.
F1 is back again in Azerbaijan, where a year ago the Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel lost his cool and steered into Lewis Hamilton’s car during a safety car frame.
Mr. Vettel says he has learned from the lessons of Baku last year.
“After the race I had the worst feeling,” Mr. Vettel told automotive reporters.
“I had to grapple with it.”
Ultimately, he concluded that it had been a pivotal moment in his failed championship challenge, but said to himself: “That’s the way it is in life.
“The things that you screwed up yourself hurt you the most,” he added.
The 4X world champion has learned from Baku 2017, and it may even have showed 2 weeks ago in China.
Recall, then, that Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen ran into him, but Mr. Vettel kept his cool and after the race praised the young driver for immediately apologizing.
Mr. Vettel said: “I was quiet in the car, because I had to try to somehow bring the car to the finish in order to save at least a few points.”
Last year Baku showed us a thrilling race last season, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo winning.
It was the most exciting race of last year.
Fans, F1 owners, and the always smiling Ricciardo will be hoping that the Y 2017 lightning strikes 2X.
Lewis Hamilton, on Pole position last year is still chasing his 1st win of this year’s MercedesAMG campaign.
Well on 9 points adrift of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, he complained in China 2 weekends ago of being in ‘no man’s land’.
The long Baku straight could favor Ferrari, with Mr. Vettel aiming to make up for the disappointment of finishing 8th in Shanghai after winning the 1st 2 races in Australia and Bahrain.
MercedesAMG, without a win in 3 races for the 1st time since the V6 turbo hybrid era started in Y 2014, will need to get their tires working properly and can take nothing for granted.
“We know that we have a massive challenge on our hands,” said the German Team’s boss Toto Wolff.
“Last year, we were in a tough fight with Ferrari. However, it was nothing compared to the intensity of this year’s battle.
“Last year’s race threw up a podium that nobody could have predicted and, as is the way with street courses, we can once again expect the unexpected.”
Mr. Ricciardo, winner in China is on a high and Baku rewards the overtaking moves he is known for.
“Baku is different to other street circuits, because there are places where you can pass. Actually, lots of places where you can pass,” said the Aussie Champagne Shoey.
Good on Daniel, looking forward to seeing in a Ferrari F1 racer soonest
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2018 schedule
(All times BST)
Friday, 27 April, FP1, 10am-11.30am
Friday 27 April, FP2, 1pm-2.30pm
Saturday, 28 April, FP3, 11am-12pm
Saturday, 28 April, Qualifying, 2pm-3pm
Sunday, 29 April, Race, 1.10pm-3.10pm
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