The Italian press has lost faith in Ferrari driver and former champion Sebastian Vettel.
Charles Leclerc battled for victory in Austria and raced spectacularly at Silverstone, while teammate Vettel was outqualified and then slammed into Max Verstappen during the race.
“Ferrari has a new leader,” said the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport publication. “Leclerc is combative and energetic and has finally captured the heart of the Ferrari fans.”
It also described Vettel as “again disastrous” on Sunday.
“Vettel has shown that he is not the driver that Ferrari wants. It is now clear that something is no longer working.”
Corriere della Sera’s headline was equally punitive.
“Vettel loses his head once again, while the youngster Leclerc is gaining all the time in prestige.”
La Repubblica added, “For a long time, Vettel has no longer looked like a four-time world champion, while the little prince Leclerc was driver of the day.”
Add La Stampa to the mix:
“Maranello, we have a problem. Almost like an older brother, Binotto defends Vettel but the driver’s crisis seems to be endless.”
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