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Friday’s Formula 1 news roundup: Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Romain Grosjean

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news for on Friday, July 5 . Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 for . Friday morning’s headlines: Marko gives Gasly until summer break to improvePierre Gasly has until the summer break to up his game at Red Bull. Read more. Grosjean looks headed for Haas exitRomain Grosjean is in danger of losing his place at Haas. Read more. Mercedes admits ‘fundamental’ cooling flawA “fundamental” car design flaw cost Mercedes its chance of winning a ninth consecutive win of 2019 in Austria. Read more. Less data would make F1 better – RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen says Formula 1 would be more exciting if it limited the amount of data the teams and drivers are able to analyse. Read more. Marko R...

Sebastian Vettel casts doubt on F1 future

Sebastian Vettel has refused to commit his future to Formula One after Bernie Ecclestone suggested the four-time world champion could be ready to throw in the towel. Vettel is under pressure to deliver Ferrari‘s first world championship in more than a decade. But the German heads into tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix on a 231-day losing streak, while it is also uncertain whether he will continue to enjoy the backing of Ferrari as their number one driver. P3 for #Seb5 and #Charles16 lines up in P4.We’re looking forward to #ChineseGP tomorrow! 💪#SF90 #essereFerrari 🔴 #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/M5uvWrFBDW — Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 13, 2019 Vettel’s new team-mate, Charles Leclerc, 21, has indicated he could be a contender for the title this season followin...

Vettel ‘not a magician’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc’s move to Ferrari. Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc‘s move to Ferrari. The pair were wheel-to-wheel back in their karting days, with Leclerc now joining Verstappen in challenging the likes of top F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. But Verstappen said of Leclerc: “I knew how fast he is. “So I knew that with a good Ferrari Charles would be very strong. And I thought to myself that if Ricciardo could beat Vettel before, then so can Leclerc. “Vettel is a very good driver, I mean he has won four world titles,” Verstappen told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But he is not a magician or anything in my eyes.̶...

‘No room for Vettel’ in Ferrari future – press

Huge pressure is mounting on Sebastian Vettel. Huge pressure is mounting on Sebastian Vettel. Following Charles Leclerc‘s impressive performance in Bahrain, Ferrari ‘number 1’ Vettel denied that being overtaken by his teammate and then spinning was due to pressure. “To be honest, I think it’s not about pressure,” said the German. “Obviously my race could have been better, so I need to analyse a lot.” Vettel admitted that while Ferrari improved dramatically after Australia, he is not feeling as good at the wheel of the 2019 car as Leclerc. “I will be happy to get back behind the wheel at the test this Wednesday,” he said. “I think we have work to do.” It is an apparently calm reaction by Vettel amid a growing storm of u...

Vettel plays down Marko’s analysis about Ferrari pace

Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions made about Ferrari’s problems by his former Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko. Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions made about Ferrari‘s problems by his former Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko. Vettel admits that, after Ferrari surprisingly struggled in Australia, it has been an “intense” fortnight leading into Bahrain. “We found some answers, but whether we have them all, we don’t know,” he said in Bahrain. Marko, the head of the energy drink Red Bull’s motor sport programme, suggested in recent days that Ferrari was struggling with cooling problems in Australia. There are also rumours that Ferrari had fuel consumption problems in Melbourne. “I don’t think our situation is too differe...

Vettel and Ferrari ‘deserve’ 2018 title – Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Ferrari has announced that German Wehrlein, who also drives in Formula E, will be a Ferrari simulator driver this year. Also in the simulator at Maranello in 2019 will be ousted Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley, even though the New Zealander’s father said recently that a Ferrari role is “not the direction we are looking in at all”. Former Manor and Sauber driver Wehrlein is happy with his new job in red. “It makes me extremely proud. It’s an honour for me to work for Ferrari,” he said. Wehrlein is a friend of Vettel’s, and it has been reported that the qu...

Vettel ‘massively overrated’ – Irvine

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Vettel hopes Schumacher races for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of Vettel’s mentor Michael, has joined Ferrari’s driver development ‘academy’. “It’s great for him,” Vettel said at the race of champions event in Mexico. “I hope he stays with us for a long time and one day he can drive with me. Or maybe I can hand over the steering wheel to him when I stop one day,” he is quoted by DPA news agency. Ferrari’s new team boss, Mattia Binotto, says he has known Schumacher “from birth”. Mick was born in 1999, one year before Michael Schumacher won his first of five titles for Ferrari. “I...

Vettel must ‘regain his head’ in 2019 – Tavoni

A great name from Ferrari’s past, Romolo Tavoni, is expecting that Mattia Binotto will get assistance as he becomes team boss in 2019. A great name from Ferrari‘s past, Romolo Tavoni, is expecting that Mattia Binotto will get assistance as he becomes team boss in 2019. As it stands following the ousting of Maurizio Arrivabene, Binotto has been tasked with replacing him as team boss and continuing to be technical director. 93-year-old Tavoni, a Ferrari team manager from the Enzo Ferrari days in the late 50s and early 60s, told Italy’s Autosprint that there were obvious “internal frictions” between Binotto and Arrivabene in 2018. When asked about Binotto, Tavoni said: “He is a very high level engineer. However, his new role involves maintaining relationshi...

Vettel ‘different’ in 2018 – Rivola

F1 witnessed a “different” Sebastian Vettel in 2018. F1 witnessed a “different” Sebastian Vettel in 2018. That is the view of Massimo Rivola, a former top Ferrari engineer who also worked with the German driver in his Toro Rosso days. Vettel looked the favourite to win the world championship last year until a mid-season slump. “I don’t know what happened,” Rivola told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Every athlete needs the perfect balance to be at his best. I don’t know the Vettel of 2018 — my Vettel was different. “I only hope that (Charles) Leclerc stays as he is,” he added, referring to the young star who has been promoted by Ferrari to be Vettel’s teammate from 2019. Leclerc and Vettel will have a new team boss thi...

Kubica not offended by Vettel comments

Robert Kubica says he is not offended by comments made by quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Robert Kubica says he is not offended by comments made by quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari‘s Vettel said that while he is happy 34-year-old Kubica is returning to F1 after an eight year recovery, “there are also young drivers who deserve a chance”. Kubica, whose burgeoning F1 career was interrupted by a 2011 rallying crash, says he is not offended. “Everyone has their own opinion,” he told Polish radio RMF FM. “Not everyone has to be happy that I am coming back. Certainly when it comes to other drivers, it’s normal that the competition is big,” Kubica said. “You also can’t really say that Vettel is a lot younger t...

Vettel no fan of electric cars

Sebastian Vettel says he is no fan of the trend towards electrically powered cars. Sebastian Vettel says he is no fan of the trend towards electrically powered cars. The new Formula E season has just kicked off, with big manufacturers including Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Nissan and Jaguar involved, and former F1 stars like Felipe Massa, Stoffel Vandoorne and many others. But F1 traditionalist Vettel says he prefers petrol power. “At some point, the cars we grew up with will not be built anymore,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “You have to accept that. “But I don’t believe electric cars solve all the world’s problems either. In my opinion, it’s the wrong technology,” said the Ferrari driver. “It’s too expensive and not as clean ...

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