Sebastian Vettel Ferrari’s F1 2022 errors show that he wasn’t the problem in his failed title bid
Sebastian Vettel was often pinpointed as the main factor behind Ferrari not winning the title in either 2017 or 2018.
Ferrari are no closer to winning the title with Charles Leclerc, so here’s why Vettel deserves more sympathy and respect…
Quickly after the surprising creation of his Instagram account,
Sebastian Vettel announced his shock retirement from F1 at the end of the season. With four world titles
, 53 grand prix victories and over 120 podium finishes, Vettel’s statistics put him among the very best drivers in F1 history.
Despite these spectacular statistics, Vettel often doesn’t get the recognition he deserves
with his failure to win the title with Ferrari often cited as to why.
He got close in 2017 and 2018 but finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on both occasions.
His failure to topple Hamilton was ultimately his undoing as Ferrari’s rising star
him one year later in favour of Carlos Sainz.
Fast forward to 2022, Ferrari have - on average - the fastest car this year but Leclerc trails Max
Verstappen by a whopping 80 points, eight wins to three in the Dutchman’s favour.
Poor reliability and strategy errors have been all too common for 2022 but it was no different during
Despite two notable driver errors this year, fans have been generally more sympathetic
towards Leclerc due to Ferrari’s mistakes on the pit wall
. It was no different during Vettel’s tenure with the team which is why he deserves more credit for his time at Maranello.