Lewis says his Ferrari rival will rebound from Verstappen shunt as “that’s what great athletes do”; Vettel “not too worried” by his type
By James Galloway
Final Up to date: 16/07/19 6:23pm
Lewis Hamilton has backed “great” Sebastian Vettel to place his newest high-profile mistake behind him and re-emerge a stronger pressure.
Vettel’s season, which has but to function a race victory, took a recent flip for the more serious at Silverstone on Sunday when he crashed into the again of Max Verstappen and completed 16th.
Vettel admitted the error and apologised to Verstappen, however recent scrutiny of his type has adopted – with Italy’s main sports activities every day newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, suggesting the four-time world champion is in a “crisis”.
Silverstone adopted errors when racing in opposition to Hamilton in Bahrain and Canada earlier within the yr, and a string of errors in 2018 – however Ferrari driver has once more obtained public help from his longest-running rival.
“I absolutely believe he will rebound – look at the greats playing tennis, he is one of those [in F1],” mentioned Hamilton, whereas sitting in entrance of a TV displaying the Wimbledon males’s singles closing between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after profitable the British GP.
“He is had a tough race however he is a four-time world champion, he’ll get better and he’ll redeem himself if he feels he must, and are available again stronger the following race.
“That is what nice athletes do.”
What does Vettel say?
Requested after Sunday’s race to explain his season up to now in a single phrase, Vettel replied “tough”.
Nonetheless, the 32-year-old denied it was proving to be a repeat of 2014, when he struggled in opposition to new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and finally stop Purple Bull for Ferrari. Vettel has been joined by 21-year-old Charles Leclerc this season and has not outqualified or outraced the teenager within the final three occasions.
However Vettel says he “not too worried” by his run of outcomes, together with his consideration turning to his residence German GP on July 28.
“Firstly, it is a very long time in the past and, secondly, it’s extremely tough,” said when asked about 2014. “In case you are speaking about frustration, it is perhaps right here and there the tip outcome that most likely is lacking however by way of the races we had they may have gone the opposite manner as properly.
“So you need to be fair in your judgement on one particular lap. Obviously I didn’t have a great lap with what happened but the laps before I think up to that point were quite strong. We started sixth and not by chance we found ourselves third at some point. The Safety Car, you could argue, helped but we managed quite well the first stint doing something different to other people and making it work.”
Since claiming a formidable pole and practically profitable in Canada at first of June, Vettel has notably struggled in qualifying with the sensation with the Ferrari SF90. Within the British GP Pocket book, Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz analysed the scenario within the wake of current automotive developments:
What’s the paddock saying about Vettel?
Sky F1’s Martin Brundle
“I like the man so much and admire his track record, intellect, and human values, but I long ago lost the right as a pundit to sit on the fence. As we have seen with many drivers in the later stages of their careers, he has lost judgement and reactions in wheel-to-wheel action.”
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Ross Brawn, F1 managing director and former Ferrari technical boss
“It is a tough second for Sebastian, as he most likely feels below a unique sort of stress than he is used to, and he should be asking himself what route he ought to now go in, provided that once more this yr, his likelihood of placing Ferrari again on prime is slipping away.
“Sebastian is an unbelievable driver, as his file exhibits, however in the meanwhile, he must preserve calm and to depend on help from his group, which I’m certain he’s getting.”
Christian Horner, Purple Bull group boss who labored with Vettel from 2009-2014
“I can solely think about it was an entire misjudgement by Seb to lock up and hit him the way in which he did.
“He has unfortunately made a mistake and we have been penalised for it. I’m sure he’s as frustrated as we were.”
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