The Austrian Grand Prix, which was held on Sunday, did end up well for Sebastian Vettel. Vettel finished in 3rd from 6th place. The Ferrari champion went down from P3 to P6 to impede Carlo Sainz and had mixed feelings after completion of the race. Vettel said that they had the best car with the best place as he came home with only 3.5s behind Max Verstappen and 1.6s behind Kimi Raikkonen. They were far off after 1st lap and managed to recover well in time. He was quite happy with the podium and it was indeed a great race. However, he felt that more could have been done; hence he had mixed feelings about the race.
He fought his battle with the Haas and the Renaults towards the initial stage of the race, but did lose a bit of ground and at the stop. The pace and tire management was good, but it could have been even better is what Vettel felt. Vettel passed Hamilton on track before he assumed that he was in third place when Daniel Ricciardo did pit for the 2nd time. Vettel said he made an attempt to hunt down both Verstappen and Raikkonen. Kimi pushed hard as much as he could and Vettel equally pushed hard, but could not catch enough. Vettel was further back in 1st lap and lost with pit stop. In spite of going through this tough time, he was happy that they raced with good speed and he truly felt that Max Verstappen gave his best and won the much deserved race.
British press say Ferrari driver has potentially thrown away the 2017 title.
Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary piece of recklessness triggered a potentially-pivotal turning point in the title race, according to Fleet Street.
Vettel crashed out of Sunday’s Singapore GP after a ruinous collision with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at the first corner.
Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent victory leaves the Mercedes driver 28 points clear in the standings with six races remaining.
‘For one so calculated, Sebastian Vettel threw the Singapore GP away with an extraordinary piece of recklessness,’ summarized The Daily Telegraph’s Oliver Brown.
The Guardian’s Giles Richards concurred with that assessment, writing that the crash was investigated after the race by the stewards and adjudged to be a racing incident, with no further action to be taken.
In The Daily Mail, Jonathan McEvoy added that there was no one to blame for the crash, insisting that the stewards found nobody was wholly or predominantly culpable, and that seemed fair. But if anyone was a touch more responsible than anyone else it seemed to be Vettel. (more…)
Sebastian Vettel, team driver for Scuderia Ferrari did not hesitate to accept when given the opportunity to drive on both days of the F1 test in Bahrain.
Vettel is looking to maintain his fine form over Mercedes and he believes the way to do that is to keep driving.
The German is of the notion that in each and every lap he makes in the Ferrari SF70H, there is always something to be learnt. The team is looking to position itself as the major contender for the F1 world championship this year.
They would be looking to add to their two wins out of three so far and Vettel will hope to be the man who achieves that. Where Ferrari doesn’t clinch the crown in this year, it could as well make it a full decade since the team’s last title win.
However, Vettel has been able to get the Scuderia off to a marvelous start as from three races, he has won two. Each wins were against Mercedes and from losing positions as well. (more…)
Vettel definitely has a lot of pressure to live up to as he would be leading the Ferrari team in the upcoming Australian Grand Prix.
There are more reasons that his performance would be in the limelight, one being that Ferrari has launched a new model for 2017 and all eyes would be on the Ferrari car and how well it performs in the maiden race. It is also a bid by Ferrari to get back in the competitive game after being in the back for a decade now. It might be a coincidence or not that Ferrari is celebrating their seventieth anniversary celebrations this year.
Sebastian has to face a lot of doubts about Ferrari’s performance on the circuit. He is staying adamant against all doubts and states that he would do his best to win titles for Ferrari. (more…)
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel remains confident that more titles is certain for him at ferrari, despite a rough spell at Maranello since he arrived in 2015.
He strongly opined that the team had a promising year ahead.
“I guess it’s a question of time”, he said when asked if he felt that he would be champion again in the future. Obviously, it was a big step when I decided to change at the time when I did,” he said.
“It was clear that it would take some time, but we had a great season in 2015, we got closer and closer to Mercedes, the hopes and expectations for 2016 were high,” he added.
Going on, he admitted that the season ultimately hadn’t gone as well as he had hoped. Ferrari failed to record a single race victory last year with either Vettel or his team mate Kimi Raikkonen. (more…)
During the practice three session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this Sunday, SebastianVettel produced a shock result, topping the session from Max Verstappen and KimiRaikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team mate, NicoRosberg, who are both favorites for the title had been topping the session after their qualifying simulations on the ultrasofts.
However, after the others bolted off on another set of new tyres marked in purple colors, a lot of time became available causing Vettel to advance and top the session.
As the chequered flag fell, Vettel came off a tenth clear over Verstappen and about three tenths quicker than Hamilton
“I think that is an impressive time from Vettel, we know he is good around this track, it is a typical kind of Vettel track,”Anthony Davidson who was on commentary duty had said.
Rosberg and Hamilton are in the forefront for the world title and by now, Hamilton should know that he really needs a win if he is to overhaul the 12 point lead held by Rosberg. However, that may not be enough, especially if Rosberg finishes amongst the top three in the race. (more…)
The F1 drivers are not only the faces of their teams on the track, but the ones who help introduce new parts and components in racing cars and help companies model accessories for automobiles that make a difference on the tracks.
One such recent instance could be cited about Sebastian Vettel. Pirelli has launched wider tyres that are being tried out by this celebrated driver for the upcoming race events. The tyres that are being launched by Pirelli offer certain advantages for the mud covered tracks that would be marred and made slippery by the rains. For these track conditions the company has come up with a wider tyre design.
Pirelli has sought out Vettel’s help in testing out the new tyres. These are being designed to comply with the changed rules of F1 that would become applicable from 2017.