The petulant child has done it again. His immature, overly aggressive, “nowhere-to-go” antics have caused yet another crash in F1. Just as he blamed Hamilton for their coming together at Silverstone, he has blamed Hamilton for the crash at Monza which took them both out of the race and out of the points. “This is what happens when you don’t give space,” the Dutch douche claimed right after the incident. Excuse me? Since when are your competitors obligated to get out the way for you? It’s clear Verstappen panicked, because he was about to be overtaken primarily as a result of Red Bull’s poor pit stop. The steering angle is not the one of a driver who is intending to make the corner. He should have backed out – like Hamilton did during the opening lap – and bided his time to see if he can regain the position. But that’s not the modus operandi of this child, is it?
P.S. – some pundits and the public alike have called this Senna-Prost-esque. Uh, NO. Not even close. Please stop the boot licking.
P.P.S. – Dear ESPN… cutting away the coverage right as Ricciardo and Norris are about to congratulate one another in parc ferme was an asinine move. Why even bother? It’s not as if you’re doing the actual coverage yourself (currently buying Sky Sports’ feed, while in the past leveraging the global feed with Will Buxton as your “man on the ground” while the two old farts commentated from a studio nowhere near the actual race).
I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a fan of Sebastian Vettel. While he brought some laughs at press conferences, I’ve always felt he was over-rated. Just a look at his performance @ Ferrari is reason enough to pass judgement of this nature. The quality of the car @ Red Bull Racing masked his deficiencies and is the only reason he is a 4 time champion.
At Monza this past weekend, Vettel added yer another screw up to his long list of mistakes. It was only a few months ago that he created a hell of a kerfuffle by dangerously rejoining the track after he went off at turn 3 of the Canadian GP. He almost squeezed Lewis Hamilton into the wall by doing so but claimed he was robbed of the victory because he was handed an undeserved time penalty as a result of his own mistake. That’s not what I saw and supported the stewards’ decision.
Indeed, Vettel did basically the same BS at Monza. He made the mistake purely on his own – no one hit him, no one touched him, he just screwed up plain and simple. He can’t handle on-track pressure, as seen in recent cock-ups at Sinapore (2018), Hockenheim (2018), Monza (2018), running into the back of Verstappen at Silverstone (2019), Canada mentioned above and, now, at Monza. And while Leclerc’s move squeezing Hamilton – the penalty handed down was a piss poor decision, by the way – at least the young Monegasque can deal with the pressure, the pressure of being upfront. Vettel has shown time and time again that he can’t do the same. And this reason alone is reason enough for this guy to retire from F1 and free up that seat for someone who can actually do something with it.
It’s time to go, Sebastian. Leave and enjoy time with your family and do whatever else you may fancy. It’s time to go.