Sebastian Vettel was ‘by no means in identical class’ as Lewis Hamilton : PlanetF1

A revered Formulation 1 analyst has claimed that Sebastian Vettel was by no means “in the identical class” as Lewis Hamilton by way of expertise, suggesting he was “simply an abnormal racing driver” when the automotive didn’t go well with his most popular driving model.

Vettel retired on the finish of a 2022 season to deliver a near a glittering profession by which he grew to become F1’s youngest-ever World Champion, profitable 4 consecutive titles with Crimson Bull between 2010 and 2013.

The German moved to Ferrari for 2015 however did not win one other Championship earlier than ending his profession at Aston Martin.

Talking through his Twitch channel, former Williams and Ferrari staff supervisor Peter Windsor has claimed that Vettel’s driving model was restricted and believes he by no means addressed the shortcomings that grew to become obvious throughout his last season at Crimson Bull in 2014, when he was recurrently outperformed by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

He mentioned: “I all the time thought Vettel was a really reflexy, very quick, very well-balanced driver who, even in his testing for Sauber days, was nothing apart from the last word exponent of turning the nook right into a V form.

“And when he couldn’t try this due to the geography of the nook, he was about the identical as the typical [driver], however when he might do it on a specific sort of nook, he was good and had that capacity to do it.

“And he had that at Crimson Bull, when he had that incredible grip on the rear, blown diffuser and all the pieces else.

“When that went away within the rules in his final yr at Crimson Bull, he grew to become simply an abnormal racing driver and truly struggled in opposition to Daniel Ricciardo. It was apparent then that that’s how he was uncovered.

“He didn’t say on the finish of that yr, or throughout that yr, ‘wow, I’m in hassle right here. Once I don’t have a fantastic again finish, I would like to begin to have the ability to play with it a bit extra and do extra with the entrance, get the entrance to work.’

“[There were] all kinds of issues he might have completed however he didn’t do any of that.

“He simply signed off and went to Ferrari and arrived because the four-time World Champion who was greeted with some huge cash and lots of fan adulation.

“And he by no means obtained any higher, he was nonetheless the identical driver. That’s the Sebastian Vettel story.”

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Windsor believes the notorious second on the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the place Vettel accused Hamilton of brake-testing him and banged wheels along with his Mercedes rival as the sector circulated behind the Security Automobile, left a stain on his fame.

“The one factor you solely can add is that he’s additionally the man, behind the Security Automobile, who drove into Lewis Hamilton at Baku [in 2017] as a result of he was irritated with Lewis for driving slowly,” he mentioned.

“He obtained away with that. He obtained away with that with a really, very small high quality whereas Dan Ticktum misplaced his licence for a yr for doing just about the identical factor. In order that was disproportionate. He was very fortunate, I feel, to get away with that.

“I by no means would have put him in the identical class as Lewis. Perhaps, if he’s obtained a very good again finish on the automotive, I’d put him up there with Fernando [Alonso] – but when he’s obtained a wayward again finish and never lots of grip [he’s in trouble].

“Total, throw a little bit of crosswind at Seb, throw a little bit of crosswind at Fernando, throw a little bit of oil on the monitor, throw a little bit of tyres going off – Fernando’s all the time going to do a greater job [than Vettel] with all of the variables up within the air.

“Seb could be very locked into what he does effectively.”

Vettel received lots of admirers in his last years in F1 for championing varied off-track points, with the German additionally famend for his detailed information of the game’s historical past.

Nevertheless, Windsor has admitted to being puzzled by Vettel’s growth as a character, claiming his public persona was typically in stark distinction to his behaviour behind the scenes.

He added: “In case you discuss to [former Red Bull team-mate Mark] Webber, he used to explain a totally totally different Sebastian Vettel to the one which was there on present to the media, on race day or after qualifying.

“It was a Vettel who was throwing his helmet and throwing tantrums within the Crimson Bull motorhome loads.

“I fairly like Seb,” Windsor insisted.

“I bear in mind doing an occasion with him in Milton Keynes and Mario [Andretti, 1978 World Champion] had flown over, presenting one thing on behalf of a TV station, and the very first thing Seb mentioned to Mario was, ‘wow, you had been on pole in your first grand prix!’

“I believed that was form of good that he knew that.

“However then once more, there are odd issues about Seb as a result of, when he was at Ferrari, he did an intro to the Austrian Grand Prix for the media and talked in regards to the heritage of Austrian drivers and talked about Niki Lauda and Gerhard Berger – and by no means talked about [1970 World Champion] Jochen Rindt.

“Which I believed, for any person that in concept cares loads in regards to the heritage of the game, it appeared so odd that he wouldn’t point out Jochen. I believed perhaps it’s as a result of he was speaking about Austrian Ferrari Formulation 1 drivers, however don’t overlook Jochen received Le Mans in a Ferrari.

“I’m barely confused by Sebastian Vettel actually. I’m not confused about him as a driver, I’m simply confused about him because the Seb that I knew and the Seb that he’s now.

“A really totally different man.”

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