Interviews continue about four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, who not long ago, just ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, officially announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the current season. This time it was Alberto Antonini, a former Ferrari press officer, who spoke about the German’s disappointing experience with the Maranello team, as Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari did not manage to defeat a dominant duo formed by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton:
Below are some of Alberto Antonini’s statements about Sebastian Vettel in a recent interview for the GoF1Show.
Alberto Antonini first said: “Sebastian Vettel did everything he had to do when he was in Red Bull. People tend to forget that he has won four world championships in a row, in Red Bull he probably had the right environment for him.”
Speaking of the German’s experience at Scuderia Ferrari, he revealed: “When he came to Ferrari he started, I’ll be frank, irritating some people by telling them ‘This is not how we did things at Red Bull’ and was told ‘You’re not at Red Bull now, you’re in Ferrari. ‘It also collided, in a way, with the reality of such a big company where everything has to be measured because you’re always worried about the consequences of what you do. What happened at Hockenheim in Germany 2018 influenced him psychologically. He probably lost confidence. But the technical situation at the time was worse than it is today. The car was good, but you have to put things in perspective.”
Then he added: “The Ferrari car of today is probably the best Ferrari ever seen in the last few decades, so I keep wondering if Sebastian had been on this car, and was a few years younger, what he would have done.”
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Finally Alberto Antonini commented: “I don’t blame Sebastian for everything that happened, because he received too much criticism and I don’t think he deserved it. The situation was much more complicated than it seemed and it wasn’t the drivers’ fault what happened in those two seasons (2017 and 2018). It’s been really hard. It’s like you have a football team where you have to make your players hold out for 90 minutes and then suddenly, after 70 minutes, they start falling apart. It wasn’t just the driver, it was the whole team ” – the former Ferrari press officer concluded.
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