German Racing Driver Sebastian Vettel recently opened up about how he feels too much emphasis has been placed on him struggling to drive an F1 car that has a sensitive rear that might trouble a driver.
Last year saw Ferrari drop to 6th in the constructor’s cup and with this, we saw Vettel struggling with the car, to the point that we frequently saw the driver fight the rear of the SF1000 which was not something the driver liked.
Despite this, Vettel feels that there is too much focus on this certain aspect.“I feel like this rear-end stability discussion has gotten out of hand,” Vettel is quoted as having told France’s Auto Hebdo.
“If you look at the cars I drove at Red Bull or in my early days at Ferrari, the rear end was sometimes a bit nervous. “I don’t think I’m any more vulnerable than anyone else in this area.
“I don’t like it when the car is really understeering. With oversteer, you have room to make move. “With understeer, there are some driving techniques, but your hands are a bit less free. I like it better when the rear end is loose a bit, it helps you turn.”
“Obviously if the rear is very unstable, you lose a lot of time and nobody likes that.“Every car has its own unique behaviour.
“Of course, everyone has their own preferences, but if you are happy and satisfied with everything that is going on around you, you can adapt very quickly, master the car and push it to its limits in one way or another.”
When asked about his time at Ferrari, Vettel said he is “at peace” and will not be living in the past in the seasons that await him with Aston Martin.
“The whole season was difficult,” “I thought about it a lot last year. I’m not happy with the way it went. “I am not satisfied with my performance. But I have no regrets.
“I would have liked some things to have happened differently, but in the end, I’m at peace with that period. I know that last season was not up to my standards, and by that I mean my personal goals.
“I don’t care what people think, say or write because my expectations of myself are extremely high. Now I am fully focused on the future.”