‘Vet­tel frus­trated’

> Ger­man’s rage due to Fer­rari fad­ing form, say ri­vals <

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SE­BAS­TIAN VET­TEL’S ex­ple­tive­laden radio rants be­tray his frus­tra­tion at Fer­rari’s fad­ing form, ac­cord­ing to his for­mer Red Bull team­mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and pre­de­ces­sor Fer­nando Alonso.

Four-times world cham­pion Vet­tel (pix) turned the air blue in Sun­day’s Mex­i­can Grand Prix, di­rect­ing some of the abuse at For­mula One race di­rec­tor Charlie Whit­ing in an out­burst that some in the pad­dock com­pared to slap­ping a foot­ball ref­eree.

It was not the first time this sea­son that the Ger­man has let rip over the air­waves with bleeped-out swear words broad­cast world­wide.

He called McLaren’s Alonso, a dou­ble world cham­pion who left Fer­rari in 2014 when Vet­tel ar­rived from Red Bull, an ‘id­iot’ in free prac­tice at the Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro­driguez.

The Spa­niard laughed off the in­sult by say­ing Vet­tel was “liv­ing a very frus­trat­ing pe­riod for him­self and for Fer­rari, so we have to for­give him”.

Much of his ire has been aimed at Max Ver­stap­pen, Ric­cia­rdo’s team­mate, and he had plenty to shout about on Sun­day af­ter the Dutch teenager cut a cor­ner while de­fend­ing against Vet­tel and re­fused to give up the place.

Ver­stap­pen, who has an­noyed plenty of other driv­ers, sug­gested Vet­tel go back to school to im­prove his lan­guage.

Ric­cia­rdo, who also clashed with Vet­tel and in­her­ited third place when the Ger­man was de­moted post-race, said his for­mer team­mate was un­der pres­sure.

“He’s shown in the past he can be quite emo­tional but this year it seems to be a bit more,” the Aus­tralian told re­porters.

“He’s ob­vi­ously a bit frus­trated with how the sea­son’s gone, he prob­a­bly thought that maybe they had a chance to fight Mercedes but it hasn’t worked like that.”

Vet­tel won three races last year but Fer­rari have drawn a blank in 2016 and been over­taken by Red Bull in the bat­tle for sec­ond place be­hind Mercedes.

“Some things we’ve seen in the past, Seb gets a bit frus­trated but it’s prob­a­bly been a bit more un­char­ac­ter­is­tic this year, prob­a­bly been a bit too much,” said Ric­cia­rdo.

He said driv­ers had to be more sen­si­ble than just “squirt­ing a whole lot of stuff” over the radio.

“Trust me, I would say twice as much,” Ric­cia­rdo smiled. “But I do, a lot of the time, wait and maybe say a few things to my­self and press the radio but­ton.

“You don’t need to broad­cast it all. You can swear in your hel­met and then speak your mind maybe a lit­tle bit more re­laxed a few mo­ments later.” – Reuters

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