Sebastian Vettel is adamant his current frustrations are “very different” to what he experienced in 2014, the year he lost the World title – and was beaten by his team-mate.
Throughout his F1 career Vettel has been top dog at his teams, beating Sébastien Bourdais and then Mark Webber before teaming up with Daniel Ricciardo in 2014.
That year Vettel, racing for Red Bull, not only saw his run of four World titles end but so too did his perfect record against his team-mates. He also failed to win a single grand prix.
Moving over to Ferrari in 2015 he was again the number one driver, beating Kimi Raikkonen in all four of their seasons together.
That Ferrari run, though, is under threat from Charles Leclerc despite the youngster only being in his second season in F1. And again, Vettel has yet to win a grand prix.
In a season going from bad to worse, the four-time World Champion is being hounded by Leclerc out on track and in the standings with the Monégasque driver three points behind after the British GP.
That was a race in which Vettel again blotted his copybook as he crashed into Max Verstappen, the same driver that Leclerc raced all race long without issue.
Leclerc finished on the podium, Vettel was P16.
Vettel has denied that this is a repeat of 2014.
“No not really,” he explained to Motorsport.com. “Firstly, that was a long time ago and secondly, this is very different.
“When you’re talking about the frustrations I think it’s maybe here and there the end result that’s missing.
“I think in terms of the races we’ve had, they could have gone the other way as well so I think we need to be fair and not judging one particular lap.
“But it happened and the laps up to that point were quite strong. We started sixth so not by chance found ourselves third at some point.
“The Safety Car, you could argue helped, but we managed quite well in the first stint doing something different to other people and making it work.
“I think other races could have been different as well so I’m not too worried but I know that I can have better results come Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to Germany now.”
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