Ex drivers say Vettel ‘a finished man’ in F1

Two former drivers have suggested Sebastian Vettel’s most competitive days in Formula 1 may be over.

There were high hopes the quadruple world champion’s form would be boosted by his move from Ferrari to Aston Martin for 2021.

Actually, after Vettel’s first two races for his new team, former F3000 driver Jason Watt told Ekstra Bladet newspaper: “Vettel is a finished man.

“It’s a very long time since he did anything good. He also makes many mistakes and looks like a man under pressure,” he added.

Watt even thinks the 33-year-old might not make it to the end of the season.

“I don’t know if he can keep it up mentally,” he said. “I do hope he stays the year, because he’s probably clinging to the hope that things will start to go his way all of a sudden.”

However, Watt doesn’t think Aston Martin will simply oust him.

“People talk about him being an expensive guy for the team, but you also have to consider that he will have attracted a lot of sponsorship money, so he effectively pays his own salary,” he said.

Meanwhile, F1 legend Gerhard Berger – Vettel’s first team boss in Formula 1 – hinted that the German’s time on the grid may be approaching the end.

“If you are a successful racing driver and you continue to pursue your sport with all of your experience and passion, you can still have success,” he told Sport Bild.

“But I know from my own experience that the time does come when you are past your prime. You have to take that into account,” Berger added.

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Phil
Phil
2 days ago

Respect Berger but who the hell is Watt, never heard of him, so get back down your hole.

Jimbo
Jimbo
1 day ago
Reply to  Phil

He was an excellent F3000 driver in the era of Heidfeld and Montoya, He was paralysed in a bike accident before making it to F1, he may have been the first black F1 driver before Lewis

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Anthony Bertrand
Anthony Bertrand
1 day ago

I think they are jumping the gun a bit talking like this, in two races no one can say he has had the best of luck’ his pace hasn’t been that bad and the penalties he has had were not really his fault, but both have affected his races strategy wise, and though he may not have got into Qualy 3 in the last race, he was not that far away time wise, it is so tight in the midfield, so just give the guy a chance, al the drivers who have moved to a new team say it takes… Read more »

Alexander Albuquerque
Alexander Albuquerque
5 minutes ago

So true. We need to be at the very least half way through the season to make any assumptions. But unfortunately it is true… Vettel hasn’t had the best of starts. He generally looks down and out of it. Ferrari really took a toll on him + his battle with Lewis left his in a bad state. It seems he never recovered from that.

Jane
Jane
1 day ago

Wow there’s so much hate for this guy.

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