It was another disappointing day for the youngster who, before the season got underway was a clear favourite for the championship in 2010. His 4th place finish in Canada denied him of a podium and left him down in 5th in the table with 90 points against Hamilton’s 109.
After the collision with Webber in Turkey, Vettel has looked massively unhappy. Since his arrival in Formula One he’s been the young hotshot, looking incredibly young and always with a smile on his face, playing the perfect marketing tool for Red Bull Racing.
After making a late charge for the title in 2009 with Button faltering, he was in great shape for 2010, especially with his Red Bull being the class of the field from the outset. His team mate Webber has fared better with some superb results and less retirements but ultimately both of them failed to capitalise on their car’s super quick advantage over the rest of the field.
Today’s Canadian Grand Prix had the McLaren’s on song with their “F-Duct” giving them tremendous top speed and Hamilton seems to have come alive in the last few races, out racing Button in the process. Ferrari too seem to be coming on strong as the season develops. Although Massa had a tough day, Fernando Alonso had the pace to win, but ultimately couldn’t get passed Lewis and had to give up 2nd to Jenson when the 2009 champ pulled a move on him while the pair overtook back-markers.
Back to Vettel – has he got what it takes to turn his season around and start smiling again? Many have criticised him lately with him seeming to lack the ability to race and take victory in the way that Lewis does, with many of Seb’s victories coming from strong races off pole position.
A win in Valencia is required to get Vettel’s fight back on track…