F1’s Sebastian Vettel riled by suggestion his stock has fallen at Ferrari

REGGIO EMILIA, Italy — Sebastian Vettel is no longer the main man at Ferrari but the German, a four-periods planet winner, does not acknowledge that his stock has waned.

Beaten on factors, wins, poles and podiums past year by his 22-year-old Monegasque teammate Charles Leclerc, Vettel will commences the new period in Australia up coming month with the pairing on equal phrases.

He sounded riled at the launch of the Italian team’s new auto in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday night when it was put to him by Reuters that he had misplaced ground although Leclerc had received stature.

“I you should not see it that way,” he explained.

“I imagine we have been up and up past year, it truly is not like I had a various auto. We both of those have the exact same auto, and the exact same opportunity to race effectively. I hardly ever doubted that past year, I you should not imagine Charles did,” added the 32-year-old.

“I disagree with you. I you should not see it that way, down and up. It isn’t going to change everything. We have been on equal phrases all during past year. We are this year as effectively.”

The difference is that past year crew principal Mattia Binotto built apparent at pre-period testing that Vettel, as the team’s skilled driver, would be favored as the main championship contender.

That is no longer the situation, with Binotto stating that they would start off on equal phrases from the opening race in Melbourne.

“We explained (past year) that Seb would have been initially driver and Charles next. I imagine after a year, and that both of those have proved they can both of those combat for the very best final result, they will be on the exact same stage,” he explained on Tuesday.

Leclerc has a new contract that ties him to Ferrari right until the end of 2024, and is the face of the future, while Vettel is out of contract at the end of the year.

Media speculation continues to propose Ferrari are interested in Mercedes’ six-periods planet winner Lewis Hamilton as a feasible substitute.

Even if Ferrari claims Vettel continues to be their quantity one choice to companion Leclerc in 2021, with a potent logic to continuity in the light of the coming guidelines revolution, he are not able to afford to pay for an additional year like 2019.

The German built some glaring errors and appeared sick at relieve in the auto and with its managing.

He denied on Tuesday, nevertheless, that he felt a lot more anxiety going into the new campaign — or that Ferrari’s evident vote of self-confidence had eased issues.

“At some point you have to sort out what is actually going on in the future, but I imagine we will have adequate time to do so. So I am not having any more anxiety or strain,” he explained.

“I sense excellent, assured. Very last year has been excellent for me in the feeling of understanding a ton of matters and knowing matters. Undoubtedly there are matters I can do much better and I am confident that I will do much better this year.

“I am not pressured, but certainly bold to establish it to myself.”