Former Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel must stop ‘whining’ after a poor debut race with new team Aston Martin.
The German was on the backfoot after receiving a grid-penalty and three penalty points for failing to slow for yellow flags during qualifying, demoting the 33-year-old to the back of the grid.
After a relatively good start during the race, Vettel then tangled with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon for which he earned a 10-second penalty for causing a collision, dropping the four-time world champion to P15, behind his team-mate Lance Stroll.
“It’s been probably not the best weekend or the weekend we were looking for,” said Vettel after the race.
“But there were a lot of things that we learned that we need to address. We will see how quickly we can fix them.
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“I’m not at home in the car. There’s a lot of things that are fighting me so that I can’t really focus on driving. But we need to address them and try and fix them.”
However Vettel’s remarks caught the attention of Schumacher, who also commentates on races for Sky Germany.
“The whining that he doesn’t feel the car has to stop,” Schumacher told Germany’s Sport1.de.
“I’m sorry for Sebastian. This is a huge problem and it will take time.
“Nobody cares about that, and after all, we’re in Formula One here and he’s also earning a lot of money.
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“At the end of the day, Sebastian is an experienced racing driver and a multiple world champion. He has to clean up with his teammate now and the rest will come on its own even if the Aston Martin doesn’t turn into a winning car this year.”
“He’s not unreasonable. I understand Sebastian’s frustration.
“He had anything but a perfect weekend.”
Meanwhile, Vettel’s former mentor at Red Bull Helmut Marko has also weighed in on Vettel this week.
Marko believes Vettel should’ve ‘sorted himself out’ and stepped away from Formula One this year, to then return when the new sporting regulations come in for 2022, which will see a significant shake-up.
“I was of the opinion, I told you that too, that he should take a year off, sort himself out, ask himself what he wants,” Marko said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com.
“I believe that a lot is possible within Formula One next year. He didn’t do that. Now he sits in the Aston Martin.”
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