Maybe he's taking Liberty's promise to liven up the show too literally.
I don't think he has an issue with the Ferrari's power nut he does seem to have an issue repositioning his car after he's been overtaken. I think he gets caught out by the change in downforce levels and when trying to move out potentially to try and cut back, he gets thrown off.
Nope, just saying he may have an issue with one area of driving.
You don't get 4 world titles without talent no matter how good the car.
Plenty of sportsmen and women have one area they find difficult even if they are at the top of their game.
I see Hamilton as "Senna" and Vettel as "Prost" in their wheel to wheel battles. Hamilton is just able to have confidence in his own braking ability and able to put the car in a position where the other driver has to yield
Vettel seems a bit more cautious when it comes to wheel to wheel
I love these responses to this problem.interesting post, my problem is that if that was the case he would go wide (and hit the car on the outside), instead he always end up spinning without hitting the other car and that to me suggest that he tries to close his line mid turn, in a sense it's as if he was trying to correct an understeer, to me it looks as if his instinct is to take up a fight but then when he gets close to the other driver he backs off (literally, from the outside it looks as if he lifts and decrease the amount of steering lock, and so he ends up with more grip at the front and the rear end turns in), it's a bit as if he's scared of the consequences of fighting another driver. I wonder if that's because he is scared of other drivers or whether he's scared of what would happen is he touches another car (ie penalty, and he recieved many in the last few years that IMHO weren't really very fair).
In the past he wasn't like that, when he was at RBR, and in his first years at Ferrari he wouldn't back off during a dice, now he often does, especially when he's defending, and that leads me to believe that Vettel's problem is not that he's scared of racing other drivers but rather that he's scared of the consequences ie. he knows that he would get punished if he gets even remotely close to another car.
Well, it was almost certainly due to "lift off oversteer" but the question was that because he over-committed and was forced to compromise his driving line at the last moment? Meaning his mistake is made when entering the corner, where he overcommits?
I think that his mistake is made when he commits to challenge the other driver and then backs off, it has happened so many times that I can't believe that an F1 driver, or any professional driver for that matter, cannot judge how fast he can commit to a corner (at a track where he has done several hundred laps in his career, plus a few thousand in the simulator). Vettel's mistakes when he's in a dice are very very odd, what happened to him at Hockenheim can happen, same last year when he hit Bottas at the start, what he did last Sunday looks very odd to me (and I don't believe that it's a problem with the car). I might be wrong, of course
It sounds reasonable (not that I would really know)....but my question is whether the mistake is the way he commits to the corner to start with? Has he put himself in a situation where he is going to have an accident unless he makes a correction at the last minute?
if you try to keep alongside another car in a turn there it the possibility that you are going to touch, it happens all the time, it doesn't look to me as if Verstappen or Hamilton are much troubled by this occurence whereas it seems to affect Vettel quite a lot, it looks to me as if his instinct tells him "race him!" and he then realises that if he does he might get in trouble.
Obviously my position is based on the fact that I believe that over the last few years Vettel has been treated very differently from Verstappen or Hamilton, a bit like Rosberg has been treated from 2014 onwards. Only Rosberg is probably a bit stronger mentally than Vettel and somehow he managed to overcome this difficulty, Vettel doesn't seem to be able to overcome this.
From the outside it looks to me as if he doesn't feel loved and shielded from the outside world at Ferrari.
He went there to "do a Schumacher", rebuild a team that couldn't win, the point is that Vettel might be a slightly better driver than Schumacher, Schumacher's strenght was his approach and his ability to build a team around him, Vettel hasn't got Schemacher's character. There's a lot of people with a deep knowledge of Ferrari that still claim that Schumacher was a very good driver but in fairness his opposition was rather weak and that what makes him an amazing champion is not his driving but what he managed to do at Ferrari, Mauro Forghieri, IMHO one of the greatest egnineers of all times, believes that this is the case. Vettel is a very very good driver, certinaly one of the very best out there, but he doesn't look to me like a leader of men (same as Hamilton, Verstappen, etc.)