Sebastian Vettel has defended his new teammate Lance Stroll.
Stroll, the 22-year-old son of Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll, is often criticised for the privilege that helped power him to Formula 1.
“He’s been a bit underestimated,” quadruple world champion Vettel told Sky Deutschland. “Generally, people are condemned very quickly these days. I’ve also experienced that first hand.
“But I think last year he improved enormously. The potential is definitely there so if I can contribute to him feeling more comfortable, I’ll do that.
“And if I can teach him something, I’ll be the last person to hide it from him. That is not my attitude and also not my philosophy – it never was,” Vettel, 33, added.
According to La Presse, Stroll said on Wednesday: “Personally, I want to be more consistent this year – to maximise every opportunity and score points in every race.
“Last year I had a good start, but I was less consistent in the second half of the season,” the Canadian admitted.