The F1 world champion, Jacques Villeneuve, believes that Sebastian Vettel will get nowhere this season with a car entirely adapted to Charles Leclerc.
Jacques Villeneuve believes that Sebastian Vettel won’t be able to do anything with the SF1000 this season, notably because the Ferrari team’s car has been developed by Leclerc since the beginning of the year.
Even before the start of the 2020 season, the Scuderia Ferrari announced that it would not keep Sebastian Vettel for another season in 2021 and that the German would be replaced next year by the young Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
Certainly Ferrari seems to have turned entirely to the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and the SF1000 has been for the most part developed entirely for that side of the garage.
Vettel has the impression of Leclerc playing in “another league”, and a car developed according to Leclerc’s feedback and preferences, could explain why Sebastian Vettel is so far away from his team-mate this year.
For Jacques Villeneuve in any case, there is no doubt that the team from Maranello has ousted the four-time world champion, and who must now steer the car developememt in such a avenue, of which Vettel cannot find the limits.
“His driving style is very different from that of Leclerc. It is Leclerc who carried out the whole development of the car, because Ferrari thinks that Leclerc is its future. ” says Jacques Villeneuve on Sky Sports.
“The more he goes forward [Leclerc], the less the car is drivable for Vettel. He [Vettel] can’t push to the limit, we’re seeing the limits now. of Vettel, but not the limits of the car. ”
Sebastian Vettel for his part suggested this weekend in Portugal that his team was hiding certain things from him and did not hesitate to insinuate that his car was not the same as the one driven by his team mate, which was a would explain, according to him, the difference in rhythm.
“I had some problems at the beginning of the race and I lost a few places. I had a bit of trouble at the start of the race and lost a few places,” Vettel explained to German broadcaster RTL.
“I almost lost the car two or three times and after that I had a good race. But on the other hand, it is obvious that the other car is much faster. ”
“Where am I wasting time? I’ve kept my tongue in my back pocket all year long. An idiot might never understand, but am I a fool? a complete idiot? I doubt it. ”
“At some point you should be lucky and reach the limit. But I never reach it, and if I do, it is with the greatest difficulty.
“On the other side [of the garage], it seems a little easier. I know that I have to deal with the rules of the game, and do what I have to do, but it hurts a bit.
“For me in the car, it’s difficult to manage because I’m ambitious and I want more. Of course it hurts, because the expectations are much higher than those on the outside. ”
Sebastian Vettel will leave the Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season to join the Aston Martin team alongside Lance Stroll. in 2021.
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