Timo Glock backs Ralf Schumacher’s Sebastian Vettel criticism ‘partially’
Ex-Formula 1 racing driver Timo Glock can understand why Ralf Schumacher has been so critical of Sebastian Vettel’s attitude lately.
Vettel, a four-time world champion, joined Aston Martin in 2021 to recover from a very disappointing final campaign with Ferrari.
The Scuderia’s treatment of Vettel last season meant that his situation and his negative performances were largely met with sympathy, but the opening round of the 2021 campaign in Bahrain did not in any way raise the doubts that lie above the German.
He would be eliminated in the first quarter while teammate Lance Stroll managed the top 10 shootout for pole position, and next race day Vettel had to settle for P15 after driving into Esteban Ocon’s back.
After the Bahrain Grand Prix, Schumacher bluntly said that Vettel needs to stop “whining” about the struggling AMR21 and instead focus on defeating Stroll.
“He has to step on the gas now,” said Schumacher from F1-Insider to Sport1.
“The whining that he doesn’t have the feeling that the car has to stop.
“Nobody cares, and after all we are here in Formula 1 and he also makes a lot of money.
“Ultimately, Sebastian is an experienced racing driver and multiple world champion. He now has to clean up with his teammate and the rest will come by itself, even if the Aston Martin doesn’t turn out to be a winning car this year. “
While those words may seem harsh, Glock told Sport1 that he can partially understand the point Schumacher is making.
Glock also believes that Vettel must “concentrate” and “smarter”, but also indicated that Vettel’s penalty for ignoring double-wavy yellows was not fairly repeated across the grid during the first quarter.
“I partially agree with him. The mistake in qualifying mustn’t happen to him, ”he said.
“There were other cars with yellow flags that were not fined.
“The mistake in the race mustn’t happen to him either. Then say “the other driver made the mistake”. He has to try to act wisely and really focus on the essentials – which he sure does.
“It’s never nice to start the season like this and have such a fireworks display of horror stories right behind you. But he has enough experience to pull his head out and focus again on the essentials. “
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While Vettel was making his Aston Martin debut in Bahrain, another German racing driver who has a close relationship with Vettel made his Formula 1 debut, Mick Schumacher.
This weekend it became clear that Haas were the slowest team on the grid, and Glock believes that this takes the rookie away from all expectations.
“You can’t and shouldn’t expect anything just because of the car. The car is simply not in the league, that was clear from the start. But when you see it in black and white, it’s more obvious. We can’t expect much, ”he explained.
“So you don’t have to think about seeing Mick on the podium or in the points. We’re a long way from that, although there can be crazy races.
“His goal must be to beat his teammate and do a flawless job. He did very well [in Bahrain]. He didn’t let anything get in the way. “
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