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“Everyone’s having a hard time” Former F1 Legend Feels Pressures on Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Perez Over Joining New Team

Ferrari Trento is the official toast for Formula 1 2021.

Marc Surer, the Swiss former racing driver talked about the difficulties some of the Formula One drivers are facing lately after switching teams in the new season. The likes of Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz have all changed their respective teams.

Vettel moved in from Ferrari to Aston Martin, Sergio Perez from Racing Point (now Aston Martin) to Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo from Renault (now Alpine) to McLaren and Carlos Sainz from McLaren to Ferrari.

Surer, while talking to the media about this conveyed, “Everyone’s having a hard time. Perez and Sainz haven’t made it yet. This is due to the lack of test drives.”

When a driver shifts from one team to another, the whole scenario changes. The new car, the new bosses, the new engineers, the new management, the new environment, everything changes. Formula One is a fast sport, so everyone involved wants faster approach to the new team.

The Swiss International further asserted on this, “In addition, there is no co-operation with the team engineer. They have to find each other first. This interaction takes longer than I thought.”

Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren are some of the top teams in Formula One. So when someone joins them, there happens to be a different level of pressure to perform on the drivers.

The drivers at times fail to connect with their car due to lack of test drives before a season and that reflects in the race. Some of the examples as we’ve seen in the case of Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo or even Carlos Sainz.

Leaving aside Perez, Sainz or Ricciardo, what came as shocking to the Formula One fans was the performance of Vettel so far. The four times world champion failed to score a single point in all the four races he took part in.

However, Marc Surer believes Vettel can turn things around in Monaco and stated, “Monaco is a race in itself. The car has to fit. Vettel said he feels a little more comfortable in the car. That could be a good sign for Monaco”


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