Sebastian Vettel (TeamTalk)
Staff boss Mattia Binotto on Monday rejected mounting hypothesis that Ferrari are favouring Charles Leclerc over Sebastian Vettel by giving him a quicker automotive.
The pair completed six locations aside in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix after which Vettel advised that Leclerc had been driving a quicker automotive.
Leclerc got here dwelling fourth and four-time champion Vettel 10th, a outcome that prolonged the German’s season-long run of defeats by his team-mate as he seeks a dignified exit in his swan-song season with the Italian crew.
“The automobiles of Seb and Charles are an identical, little doubt,” Binotto instructed Sky Italia.
“I sincerely hope that Sebastian can qualify higher at Imola and present extra of what he’s able to through the race.
“Charles is superb, however possibly you may count on extra from the second driver.”
Binotto’s cryptic remark adopted an equally enigmatic clarification from Vettel for his wrestle for type.
“On the one hand, I am glad as a result of I had the sensation that I drove a great race,” he instructed RTL.
“I had a tough time firstly, misplaced locations and nearly misplaced the automotive two or 3 times.
“After that I really drove a great race.
“However, then again, it is apparent that the opposite automotive is way quicker. The place do I lose time? I’ve been biting my tongue all yr lengthy.
“Some fool may by no means determine it out, however am I an entire fool? I doubt it.
“Sooner or later, you need to be fortunate and hit the restrict. I by no means hit it and, if I do, then solely with quite a lot of problem. On the opposite facet (of the storage) it seems to be a lot simpler.”
A glowing qualifying lap from Leclerc exemplified their variations as he claimed fourth on the grid and was half a second quicker.
Vettel averted making any direct accusations after the race, including: “I’ve to suppose that now we have the identical automotive. I belief the individuals round me and within the storage.”
So as to add to Vettel’s present difficulties and far undesirable consideration, he revealed additionally that he had despatched Lewis Hamilton a pre-race textual content message, encouraging the six-time champion to assert a document 92nd race win.
“I am comfortable for him,” he mentioned. “I believe he deserves each single victory he had so I believe the quantity speaks for itself. I am certain he’ll hit 100.
“I texted him, earlier than the race, to get 92. He achieved that and congratulations to him for that. You’ll be able to’t acknowledge that sufficient.
“Even when individuals say it is simple with that automotive, it’s important to have this type of consistency through the years to do that.”
Vettel was instructed earlier than the season started that he was not being retained by Ferrari for 2021. Since then, he has agreed to hitch Racing Level, who will compete as Aston Martin subsequent season.