Ralf Schumacher has told Sebastian Vettel he needs to stop whining about his new AMR21 car and learn to “have fun” in Formula 1 again.
After a long and painful divorce from Ferrari in 2021, Vettel started a new challenge with Aston Martin who opted to release Sergio Perez from his contract in order to make room for the four-time World Champion.
But, the new start has not brought the change in fortune Vettel would have been hoping for yet following a difficult pre-season and an opening race in Bahrain where he finished a lowly P15. Another mistake in wheel-to-wheel combat with Esteban Ocon certainly not helping matters.
After his debut race, Vettel said he was not feeling “at home” inside his new car and that has caught the attention of his compatriot and ex-Formula 1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, who did not like what he was hearing.
“He has to step on the gas now,” Schumacher is quoted by F1-Insider as having told Sport1.
“The whining that he doesn’t feel the car has to stop.
“Nobody cares about that, and after all, we’re in Formula 1 here and he’s also earning a lot of money.
“At the end of the day, Sebastian is an experienced racing driver and a multiple world champion. He has to clean up with his team-mate now and the rest will come on its own even if the Aston Martin doesn’t turn into a winning car this year.”
"You are never as good as people try to prove, and you are never as bad as people try to show".
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) April 5, 2021
Schumacher’s advice to Vettel is to simply start “having fun” now that his time with Ferrari is now over.
He continued: “He should just sit in the car and have fun. Maybe he should drop all his other new interests – he’s gone very green [friendly] – buckle up and just have fun driving.
“He’s got the talent and he can get it done. The outside pressure is immense, he has to block that out.
“I understand Sebastian’s frustration. He wanted things to be different and had anything but an easy weekend.
“Nevertheless, you have to clarify the question of why he sometimes misjudges the distance to the car in front.”