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Berger: A “weakness” for Vettel to race under pressure

Motorsport: German Touring Car Masters, Hockenheim – DTM – 2nd race: Gerhard Berger (head of ITR) Photo: Hasan Bratic/dpa (Photo by Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Gerhard Berger believes racing under pressure is still one of Sebastian Vettel’s weaknesses in Formula 1.

The words come after a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel had it difficult. The German had qualified 18th but then was dropped to the back after a penalty for ignoring yellow flags.

When the race started, Vettel was quick to gain 6 places, but then struggled in the course of the race, even having an incident in which he crashed into the back of Esteban Ocon into tur 1, later apologizing and taking the blame.

In the end, he finished the race in the 15th position, scoring no points for his new squad, unlike teammate Lance Stroll who finished 10th and scored one point.

“Sebastian is a four-time world champion so he’s one of the outstanding drivers, no question.

“But he never reacted very well on pressure. I remember when Daniel [Ricciardo] came to Red Bull at the time, Daniel was very strong and he put pressure on Sebastian and for Sebastian, it was difficult to cope with it.

“And in Ferrari the same thing and now I just feel when you watch him, you feel he’s not free, he’s not relaxed enough. He is maybe like to prove things but at this moment, maybe it’s not possible because the car is not good enough or his own form is not good enough,” he concluded.

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