Legendary F1 driver points finger at Vettel over 2021 season – “Wasn’t anything special about it”

Legendary F1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck revealed that he was disappointed with Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel’s 2021 season, saying that he expected much more from him.

Vettel raced his first season for Aston Martin in 2021, having left Ferrari after six years. He had a lacklustre season, with the highs being cancelled out by the many lows.

While he finished second at Baku, did it again at the Hungaroring, and finished the season ahead of teammate Lance Stroll, he was usually fighting in the lower midfield. Aston Martin themselves did not have a good season, with the former Racing Point a shadow of their 2020 selves.

As a result, Stuck revealed that he was disappointed with Vettel’s 2021 season, and said that he hopes the four-time world champion will bounce back in 2022.

“Sebastian Vettel has set a few highlights in the Aston Martin this season, but otherwise I have to say that I am personally a little disappointed. There wasn’t much special about it,” he told Eurosport.

“Sporting-wise, he can keep up without question. There are always fluctuations with Vettel, but that’s also down to his team.

“From Aston Martin’s point of view, however, the season has gone well overall. That whets the appetite for the future.”

Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll. Silverstone July 2021
Vettel (left) beat his teammate Stroll (right) in 2021. Source: planetf1.com

Mick of the Bunch

Stuck also discussed the season of Haas driver Mick Schumacher, and heaped praise on the rookie for displaying maturity and racecraft above his years.

“Mick Schumacher is paying his dues at the moment in the Haas,” he continued.

“What I think is great, though, is that he has (Nikita) Mazepin, with whom he can compete effectively, under control. That’s important.

“That he also flies off (the track) sometimes in his first year is completely normal. He has to learn that. Otherwise he won’t know where the limit is.

“Overall, my conclusion is: Mick Schumacher has done the job. He made a very good application for next year and the future. That was flawless,” he concluded.

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