Vettel’s silence speaks louder than words

Michelle Foster


Sebastian Vettel did not acknowledge Mattia Binotto in the wake of the British GP, silent following his team boss’ post-race words.

Vettel had a wretched time at Formula 1’s British Grand Prix, nothing going right the entire weekend.

He missed most of Friday’s first practice with an intercooler problem while pedal issues hampered his running in FP2.

More problems surfaced in Saturday’s final practice before he qualifying 10th for the grand prix while his team-mate Charles Leclerc was up in fourth place.

It was more of the same for the German on Sunday as he brought his SF1000 across the line in 10th place while Leclerc was third.

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It was the Monégasque driver’s second podium of this season with Vettel’s best being a P6 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Binotto tried to console his driver on his cool down lap.

“Hi Seb, Mattia here. Tough race today,” said the Ferrari team boss.

“We know it was a difficult weekend but we got… in a week’s time we’re back here, we do better.”

Vettel said nothing, complete silence.

Ferrari did a radio check with the German acknowledging that he could hear the team.

“Radio check please.”

“Yeah, copy that, radio check okay.”

Only then did he reply.

“Yes, it was a tough race,” he said.

“I had very, very little confidence in the car, basically similar to qualy.

“Struggling lap to lap.

“Trying a lot of things, but nothing really was breakthrough.”

“But well done to the other side, well done to Charles… and good pit stop guys.”

Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of this season, the four-time World Champion told by Binotto earlier this year that his services are no longer required.

The 33-year-old has been linked to a move to Racing Point, replacing Sergio Perez at the team.

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