Will Buxton, who recently joined Formula 1’s in-house team, answered a question from the fans regarding Sebastian Vettel failing to win the last two races despite the fact that the German driver was looking strong after the qualifying session results and the first stages of the Grands Prix. Commenting on weather Scuderia Ferrari was at fault for Sebastian’s final results in China and Azerbaijan, the former NBC pit lane reporter said:
“That is a really interesting question, and in some ways I think you may be right. It was argued that he had the best car at his disposal last season, certainly in the early part of the year, and yet he walked away from another season in which Lewis Hamilton was crowned champion. In terms of his positivity, I don’t believe that’s anything new. He refused to throw the team under the bus last season when seeing victory slip away. But at the same time, you could sense the burning frustration that existed within him. And it showed itself at times too, his lack of control costing him by way of points and reputation.” – Will Buxton explained, as reported by formula1,com
“Perhaps he really does have a rocket ship underneath him – and that may have given him the confidence to put disappointments behind him quickly and see the positives. But Seb is a very smart man, and I doubt he’d allow such confidence to border on the blase. I would imagine he has done much soul searching over the winter to try to iron out the very few creases that exist within him – and that were highlighted in 2017. He may have looked back to 2010 and to his first world championship, one which he didn’t actually lead until the chequered flag fell at the very last race in Abu Dhabi. Perhaps the lesson in that was to expect less and be grateful for what comes your way. I’d say it’s more of a sign of inner calm and contentment, than an overriding confidence.” – concluded Will Buxton, who joins the commercial rights holder, having previously commentated on F1’s feeder series GP2, and more recently was part of NBC’s F1 coverage over in America.