With a crash in qualifying on Saturday and a thirteenth place finish at the Russian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel’s Sochi weekend with Ferrari is one to forget for the German driver.
For former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer, the end of the 2020 season must seem extremely long for Sebastian Vettel who, it should be remembered, will join the Aston Martin factory team from the 2021 season after six years at Ferrari.
“Next season cannot come soon enough for Vettel. Ferrari has a mediocre car this season and the four-time world champion has never looked comfortable. " Jolyon Palmer explains in his latest column for the BBC.
“His teammate Charles Leclerc managed to exploit the performance of the Ferrari and on Sunday he finished sixth [in Russia] as he started eleventh on the grid. "
“On the other hand, it was another weekend to forget for Vettel. He crashed in qualifying trying to close a four-tenths deficit to Leclerc, then never managed to create anything in the race after a long first stint. "
“The Ferrari is certainly a single-seater that Vettel struggles to make progress with, but on top of that his relationship with the team has deteriorated in the same way that Perez has with Racing Point. "
“There is something between Vettel and team principal Mattia Binotto since it was confirmed that Vettel would not keep his seat. "
“Vettel doesn't seem to trust Ferrari's strategists at all this year – and this is not the first season where it is apparent. "
“He debates [in the race on the radio] and often cancels some of their calls at the stand. But more importantly, he seems to have lost his usual enthusiasm for racing and performance. "
“I'm sure a new challenge at Aston Martin will invigorate Vettel and he probably can't wait for it to happen already. "