Ferrari failed to 'protect' Vettel - de la Rosa

Ferrari failed to 'protect' Sebastian Vettel as the German struggled under the pressure of his 2018 title tilt.

That is the view of the Maranello team's former test driver Pedro de la Rosa.

Ferrari didn't 'protect'

Many observers believe that despite Ferrari often having the fastest car this season, it was Ferrari's unique pressure and management that contributed to Vettel's loss.

READ: 'Singapore GP was the title turning point in 2018' - Sebastian Vettel

"Ferrari have had a car at Mercedes' level in every way for the first time in the hybrid era," de la Rosa told Spain's El Confidencial.

"But Vettel's mistakes coupled with the fact that Ferrari did not protect him meant that they lost the world championship."

Asked what he means when he says Ferrari didn't 'protect' Vettel, de la Rosa answered: "In the life of a driver, when you make a mistake, but particularly when you're at Ferrari, the team has to protect you.

Keeping a cool head

"If it does not, it's very difficult for the driver to handle the pressure generated by his own mistake.

"I remember when he crashed in Germany, it was a very strong blow to Vettel with a very prominent error. But I didn't see a very strong defence of the driver. I didn't see it," de la Rosa said.

"Then came Monza, when Hamilton overtook him dramatically and won the race. I think that given the pressure Vettel was suffering, I would have expected more public support from the team.

"Maybe he had it internally, but it should have been public to relieve the pressure, especially from the Italian press. At times like those, it's harder to win with Ferrari," the Spaniard explained.

"When it starts to go wrong, it's very hard to have concentration and a cool head at Ferrari."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Brought to you by
Voting Booth
Do you think Mercedes will return to form later in the 2022 F1 season after two poor races?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, don't discredit them.
33% - 424 votes
Who cares, F1 is exciting again!
44% - 568 votes
No, it's Ferrari's turn to dominate again.
23% - 297 votes
Vote