This year is certainly revealing to be a very difficult season for Sebastian Vettel. The four times world champion received the news of the engagement of Carlos Sainz for next year from Ferrari team principal Binotto during the quarantine caused by the Coronavirus epidemic.
Now that Vettel's last season with Ferrari has finally started, the SF1000 showed to be a car with zero competitiveness, even worst the the one of 2019.
His former teammate Kimi Raikkonen said however that Vettel will for sure react to this difficult situation.
"I’m sure he’s not very happy about how things are going, but that’s how it is", Raikkonen said ahead of last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. "Ferrari is Ferrari and people are looking at those things, for sure the Italians. But I doubt it will affect how he does his job there".
"I think he’s been in the sport long enough to know that sometimes it’s like that and to find a way to turn it around".
Raikkonen said then that, in his opinion, the pressure created by the media and the fans do not have a negative effect on Vettel's performances on track.
"I never found it any different than any other team,” he explained. "Obviously if you read all the newspapers it will be a bit more bad, but I never looked at those things".
"When I was there sometimes we had bad times and the Italians can be harsh on you on the media side, but that’s how it is. That’s how it works in this busines".
Not only Kimi Raikkonen spoke about Vettel's situation, but also Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel's teammate at Red Bull in 2014, saying that the German driver is not somebody that walks away from his problems.
"I think one thing with Seb is he’s very passionate about the sport, he loves it,” Ricciardo explained. "He's someone that’s going to analyse everything and find a way to improve or find an answer to a question. I don’t think he's a guy to just walk away from a problem".
"I think he cares too much, whether it’s pure love for the sport or the pride he has in himself. I expect him to bounce back. I certainly do".
"If he wants to keep doing it and if he believes he can keep doing it at the top level he’s shown for the last 10 years, then 100 percent he should stay in the sport. He’s good for the sport, but that’s up to him to answer", said eventually Ricciardo.
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