“People think I enjoy seeing him suffer”: Webber explains relationship with ‘delicate driver’ Vettel

Mark Webber was Sebastian Vettel’s partner during the time when the German was at his peak. Vettel managed to win four consecutive world titles until Mercedes began to dominate.

Even though he had access to some amazing cars over the years, Vettel was never able to replicate his success with Ferrari.

Since then, Vettel has lost his place in the list of top drivers even after joining Aston Martin.

His last two races were highly underwhelming and Webber seems to know why.

“I think his confidence is incredibly low now,” the Australian told Marca.

“His time at Ferrari didn’t work out for him. Sport puts men and women to the test sometimes, but in his case, it was a very long period of time.

“I think the standards of these cars don’t suit Sebastian very well; they are not his type of car. He likes cars with many grips, a lot of downforces, and he is a very delicate driver, with a lot of feeling with the car.

“Remember Monza in the rain with the Toro Rosso? It was unbelievable, and he got away from everyone that day. But when there is less grip, with the Pirelli… the cars now give you less confidence, and the rules don’t suit him.

“That’s a problem for him, but it’s about being good with all the rules, look at Hamilton, he’s strong all the time. I think the stars have aligned against him. And he’s getting tired, he put a lot of effort into Ferrari.” he concluded.

Webber and Vettel’s relationship had turned sour during their time at Red Bull. This was because they were always in aggressive competition with each other to gather wins.

This strain reached its peak when Vettel defied team order in Malaysian Grand Prix 2013 against overtaking the Australian.

Even though this incident is still fresh for many, fans seem to think that Webber maybe enjoys watching Vettel suffer. However, the Australian thinks otherwise.

“I don’t like it. People think I enjoy watching him suffer, and no, I’m not happy,” Webber added. “I want to see him do well because it’s bizarre to see him so different from how he was.

“But this is F1, we can’t complain about the drivers who don’t perform. It’s the top, we have to celebrate drivers like Norris, Leclerc or Max performing well. If you are a driver who is at the end of his career, or who is suffering… you also have to talk about it.”

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