There was a lot of controversy surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend, with Sebastian Vettel having been on course for his and Ferrari’s first victory of the season.
Vettel, who had the lead, was put under pressure by Hamilton, which saw the German run wide at turn three. Vettel then returned to the track forcing Hamilton wide, and was subsequently penalised. Vettel was incensed at the decision which he believes cost him victory, but is he just a sore loser?
Did The Pressure Get To Vettel
The incident mentioned above occurred on lap 48 in a race which Vettel had led from the beginning. He’s taken a brilliant pole on Saturday, his first in 17 races, and was on course for victory. However, even though Vettel had led all the way, Hamilton was closing the gap, and this saw pressure mount on the combustible German driver.
Lapse In Concentration
The pressure seemed to get to Vettel as he headed into turn three too quickly, forcing him to oversteer, taking to the grass before re-joining the track. However, on re-joining the track, Hamilton was forced to take evasive action as Vettel hit another snap and drifted wide. This led to a review by the stewards who deemed Vettel to have re-joined the track in an unsafe manner, forcing Hamilton into action to avoid a collision.
Rules Are Rules
The F1 regulations state that “Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join; this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage.” However, Vettel is of the opinion that he had nowhere to go. Speaking on the radio during the race Vettel said, “You need to be an absolute blind man to think you can go through the grass and control the car. I was lucky I didn’t hit the wall. Where the hell am I supposed to go? This is a wrong world I tell you. This is not fair.”
The German may have a point, but he didn’t do himself any favours after the race, showing the other side of Vettel many have become accustom too. At the end of the race, Vettel purposely stopped as far away from where he was meant to stop as possible, with no intention of heading to the podium. Vettel then went on to remove the number one board from in front of Hamilton’s car, before storming off in an interview.
While Vettel may have had a right to be aggrieved, he’s always been renowned for being a sore loser. Over the course of last season, Vettel displayed similar behaviour, all of which has a common theme. Last season the German made significant errors which saw his grip on the title slip, allowing Hamilton to pounce. Then, in this latest incident, the controversy was caused initially by Vettel being put under pressure which caused him to make a mistake. So, is it sore loser, or does he buckle under pressure?