After the unsuccessful start of the season at the Austrian Grand Prix, the four-time world champion spoke about the race – and clearly addressed Ferrari.
It was the next low of an already disappointing weekend for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari: tenth place at the start of the Formula 1 season in the Austrian Grand Prix, following the surprising early end of qualifying on Saturday and eleventh place on the grid. The four-time world champion had worked forward after his start on Sunday and was sometimes eighth. But then memorable contact with McLaren driver Carlos Sainz – who will ironically replace him at Ferrari in 2021 – came in lap 31, and Vettel dropped back at the end of his turn. So there was also a driving error of the 33-year-old.
After the race, all frustration broke out in an interview with “Sky”: “I am genuinely glad it was just a turn,” said Vettel. And then came out for sharp criticism of his own team: “It was the worm in it. I had incredible problems staying on the track. We were too slow all weekend.”
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“The speed just wasn’t there”
And further: “I didn’t recognize the car compared to Saturday afternoon and Friday. The speed just wasn’t there. It wasn’t an easy race today.” The already tense relationship with Scuderia should now become even more difficult after the first race of the season. After all: in just two weeks at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Italians want to launch a completely revised version of the current “F1000”.
Maybe it will be a worthy farewell season for Vettel at Ferrari.