Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel took no prisoners when he was reminded of what it will take to secure F1 glory ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel goes into Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix a hefty 31 points adrift of reigning champion Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.
The German will be desperate to extract the best possible performance out of his Ferrari as he seeks to catapult himself up from fourth.
Sebastian Vettel is under pressure to finally deliver the goods for Ferrari this season having endured a barren run since his 2015 move from Red Bull. The four-time F1 champion is no shrinking violet though and had a brutal response when told what he must do to usurp current standings leader Hamilton.
The four-time F1 champion is no shrinking violet though and had a brutal response when told what he must do to usurp current standings leader Hamilton. With a menacing smile, Vettel said, “Really? Is that it.” prompting laughter from other reporters in the room.
“Nice bit of advice there for you,” Slater said, attempting to recover.
“Does that make this weekend a must-win race? Or are there no such things as must-win races because every race is a must-win race?”
Vettel continued his rebuke, making out Slater should be able to answer his own question: “Well, you should be able to answer,” Vettel said. “You know the answers, so you tell me.
“Well, it’s simple, if you win every race, you win the championship. So that’s the easiest way to do it.
“Obviously the first three races we didn’t succeed, but hopefully we do so in the next 18. Yeah, that would make calculations very simple.
“We will see. I mean, the competition is high. Obviously we didn’t get the best out of the first three races.