A lot of fingers have been pointing at Sebastian Vettel the past few days, with the latest coming from F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi. We look into the events that followed the four-time world champion, who didn’t have what one would call- a great start to the season.
Vettel missed the first two races of the season at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia because he contracted Covid-19. His first Grand Prix of the season at Melbourne wasn’t off to a good start either as he attracted two fines, suffered two crashes, and broke down in his Aston Martin AMR22. That is a LOT happening in just a single Grand Prix.
Something is seriously amiss, not one of his track sessions was trouble-free. The nature of the crash on Lap 24 that saw him spin into the wall was quite unusual too. Not to forget the childish error of riding a Marshal’s scooter around the racetrack without permission or, exceeding the pit lane speed limit.
These are not even rookie errors so, it does bring up questions in the mind of anyone, especially those who have has been witnessing him grow and succeed in the sport. Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack also commented recently on similar lines and hinted that he would take this up personally with Vettel.
Minardi was the owner of an F1 team since 1985 until it was purchased by Red Bull in 2006. It then came to be known as Toro Rosso. The 74-year old is now te president of the Imola Circuit. As per him, the time has come for 34 year old Vettel to call it a day.
“He was unlucky to have missed two GPs with Covid, in the third one he went out,” Minardi told Corriere della Sera.
“But he should retire. He has a lot of money, he’s won a lot of titles and he won’t win any more (races).”
Aston Martin is the only team yet that hasn’t yet scored even a single point this season. They do have a long, long way to go in order to just ‘catch up’. A podium placing would seem like a distant dream for the team.
We can’t seem to figure out the actual problem troubling Vettel. The only response he gave for his performance at Melbourne is that he hasn’t been able to spend enough time in the car considering his absence at the beginning of the season.
Should Sebastian Vettel be given more chances this season to get ‘comfortable’ and get back to form? Or, was Minardi right in saying its time for him to retire?