Sebastian Vettel is suffering because he does not have the “unconditional support” of all at Ferrari; that’s according to Helmut Marko.
Vettel lost to a team-mate this season for only the second time in his Formula 1 career.
The German, who managed just one win in a season blighted with errors from both the driver and the pit wall, scored 160 points, four less than his new team-mate Charles Leclerc.
Marko, who knows Vettel from his Red Bull days, believes Ferrari’s “politics” is to blame.
He told Motorsport-Total.com: “Compared to the other great drivers who have been in Ferrari, he cannot do his best unless he feels the unconditional support of the team.
“In Red Bull it was like that, in Ferrari probably not.
“Vettel suffers too much because of the politics in Ferrari.
“At Red Bull we were straightforward.”
But while Marko concedes Vettel is under pressure, he still believes in the former Red Bull driver.
“Don’t write Vettel off just yet,” he added.