Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and More
With six grands prix completed, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari remain without a win in the 2016 Formula One season.
Sitting a distant fifth in the drivers’ standings, more than 40 points behind the leader, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, the 28-year-old is unlikely to add to his four world championships at the end of this year.
But Vettel has defended the Prancing Horse’s start to the campaign and explained why he believes Ferrari are the most ambitious team in F1.
Vettel was denied a fourth podium appearance of the season at the recent Monaco Grand Prix, where he was pipped to third place by Sergio Perez, who timed his pit stops to perfection in changeable conditions.
After claiming his third podium finish in as many seasons for Force India, the Mexican believes he is ready to be offered another chance at a leading team and has pleaded with the paddock to stop judging him on his short, unsuccessful stint at McLaren in 2013.
Red Bull, meanwhile, registered their second consecutive podium finish since October 2014 on the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo, but that was of little significance after a slow pit stop prevented Daniel Ricciardo converting his maiden pole position into victory.
An upgraded power unit was partly responsible for Ricciardo’s speed in Monaco, and team principal Christian Horner praised Renault’s efforts after Red Bull extended their engine-supply deal, suggesting his harsh treatment of the French manufacturer in 2015 was worth it in the end.
With Toro Rosso switching back to Renault power in 2017, Daniil Kvyat is unlikely to sample those improvements after admitting he is likely to leave the Red Bull family to develop his career next season, having lost his Red Bull seat to Max Verstappen.
Closing our latest roundup is Marcus Ericsson, who has revealed he will seek clear-the-air talks with team-mate Felipe Nasr following the Sauber drivers’ collision in Monaco.