Vital F1 | Is Vettel cracking under pressure?
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Is Vettel cracking under pressure?

The inter-team battle at World Champions Red Bull is every bit as fascinating as the one at McLaren these days. Just when we thought Mark Webber would drift into the twilight of his career, and Sebastian Vettel would dominate the field on his way to a third successive championship, Formula One has given us something to be grateful for, an off the pace Red Bull.

One blotch on Vettelís near perfect copy book is, perhaps, his temperament when things arenít going his way. The opening three weekends have been erratic from the German to say the least. In Australia he drove superbly to second place, while in Malaysia he inexcusably lost his cool with HRTís Narain Karthikeyan in a 50-50 incident. Vettelís supposed calm demeanour when facing the public is one of his trademarks, so everyone in F1 lifted an eye brow or two when they saw him describe the Indian as a ďCucumberĒ. Last weekend in China he qualified 11th, four places behind Webber. A bold team strategy saw him come home in 5th.

Vettelís team mate Webber hasnít found the going as tough. The Aussie has three 4th place finishes, and lies just nine points off the championship lead, and has out qualified Vettel in all three races so far, a world away from what we saw last season. Vettel seems to be feeling the heat far more than any other driver and the notion that Vettel struggles when not at the front, is starting to gain speed. The German is looking for instant solutions, firstly changing back to the original exhaust system in China last week, and this week in Bahrain he has changed back again. After just three races, is he showing impatience already?

If you compare the approaches of Vettel and Ferrariís Fernando Alonso you see huge differences. Vettel seems agitated, impatient and desperate to get the car back to the front, and you can be sure that he is cracking the whip behind closed doors. Fernando Alonso on the other hand is cool and calm, and not too worried about the predicament his team find themselves in. He will also be cracking the whip behind the scenes, but he isnít publically rattled like his German counterpart.

A good race for Vettel in Bahrain is needed, a solid podium to wave away the doubts by some of his suspect temperament, and his right to be at the very front of F1. All eyes will be on Vettel, while his team mate carries on with battering an eye lid. Webber looks comfortable in the car, unlike last year, and will prove to be very difficult for Seb to beat. Maybe the Aussie doesnít get as much recognition from the double champion as he should, but Mark is definitely a god bet for the championship. A solid start to the season is what he lacked last year, and the Red Bull will improve race by race. Within a month or two, expect them to be serious challenges for the race win.

This is a big test for young Vettel, if he wants to have a hope of winning the title he has to cope far better than he has done so far.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Charlie Bennett Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 20 2012

Time: 2:00PM

Your Comments

To suggest Vettel is cracking under pressure is a little bit silly after just three races. Mr. Newey will soon have the team cars back on the pace, its what he's brilliant at.
johnkelv
Was I right, or was I right. Pole is a good response.
johnkelv
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Who will win in Monaco? (Monday May 22 2017)

Blog: Spanish GP Report (Monday May 15 2017)

2017 Spain GP - Race (Sunday May 14 2017)

Blog: Barcelona Qualifying (Saturday May 13 2017)

2017 Spain GP - Qualifying (Saturday May 13 2017)

2017 Spain GP - FP3 (Saturday May 13 2017)

2017 Spain GP - FP2 (Friday May 12 2017)

2017 Spain GP - FP1 (Friday May 12 2017)

Blog: Barcelona Preview (Thursday May 11 2017)

Who will win in Spain? (Monday May 8 2017)

Track upgrades for Montreal (Wednesday May 3 2017)

Blog: Russian GP Report (Monday May 1 2017)

2017 Russia GP - Race (Sunday April 30 2017)

Blog: Sochi Qualifying (Saturday April 29 2017)

2017 Russia GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 29 2017)

2017 Russia GP - FP3 (Saturday April 29 2017)

2017 Russia GP - FP2 (Friday April 28 2017)

2017 Russia GP - FP1 (Friday April 28 2017)

Blog: Sochi Preview (Wednesday April 26 2017)

Who will win in Russia? (Monday April 24 2017)

Grid penalty for Sainz in Russia (Thursday April 20 2017)

Mercedes to implement team orders? (Wednesday April 19 2017)

Blog: Bahrain GP Report (Monday April 17 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - Race (Sunday April 16 2017)

Blog: Sakhir Qualifying (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP3 (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP2 (Friday April 14 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP1 (Friday April 14 2017)

Blog: Sakhir Preview (Wednesday April 12 2017)

Who will win in Bahrain? (Tuesday April 11 2017)

Hamilton loving battle with Vettel (Tuesday April 11 2017)

Blog: Chinese GP Report (Monday April 10 2017)

2017 China GP - Race (Sunday April 9 2017)

Blog: Shanghai Qualifying (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - FP3 (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - FP2 (Friday April 7 2017)

2017 China GP - FP1 (Friday April 7 2017)

Blog: Shanghai Preview (Wednesday April 5 2017)

Honda to supply Sauber? (Wednesday April 5 2017)

Who will win in China? (Monday April 3 2017)

Mixed feelings for Red Bull (Friday March 31 2017)

Blog: Australian GP Report (Monday March 27 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Race (Sunday March 26 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Qualifying (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP3 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP2 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP1 (Saturday March 25 2017)

More calls to ban the shark fins (Friday March 24 2017)

Renault call for engine budget cap (Thursday March 23 2017)

Blog: Melbourne Preview (Thursday March 23 2017)

Renault can improve - Hopefully (Friday March 17 2017)

McLaren looking shaky (Wednesday March 15 2017)

Surtees dies aged 83 (Tuesday March 14 2017)

Ferrari end second test on top (Monday March 13 2017)

F1 ratings in UK collapse (Friday March 10 2017)

Brawn pushing for cash race for teams (Wednesday March 8 2017)

Ferrari on top in the wet (Friday March 3 2017)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1138
2. Red5 1113
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 600
6. Druss_the_Legend 584
7. Push The Button 497
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 204
10. VanGisbergen2013 154

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Monaco?
Hamilton 43%
Vettel 29%
Bottas 0%
Raikkonen 17%
Verstappen 11%
Ricciardo 0%
Someone else 0%