Formula 1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn believes Sebastian Vettel’s ousting from Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the year “must be a distraction” for the German driver.
The opening round in Austria of the 2020 season was a race to forget for Vettel who failed to make the Q3 cut on Saturday and whose Sunday afternoon was undermined by a clumsy overtaking attempt on lap 31 on McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, the very man that will replace the four-time world champion at Ferrari next year.
Assessing the weekend’s events for F1.com, Ross Brawn speculates that a few demons may be at work in Sebastian Vettel’s head.
“It was a difficult start to Sebastian’s final season with the team,” said Ross Brawn – “Everything must be swirling round in his head after he found out Ferrari did want to renew his services for next season. Sometimes, the things that put off a driver are quite subtle. Sebastian has appeared surprised and shocked by what has happened, and it must be a distraction, understandably so.”
While questions perhaps linger in Sebastian Vettel’s mind, onboard footage of the Scuderia driver on Sunday revealed an SF1000 that was clearly a handful, the car snapping out of shape on multiple occasions around Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring.
“Ferrari have got to quickly improve the situation otherwise it they face a very difficult season. They have plans to improve the car for Hungary, which is encouraging, but the start of the year is tougher than they anticipated.” – Ross Brawn concluded.