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Vettel misses chance to capitalize on Mercedes mistakes once again

Aug 24, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

It is strange to think that not one of Red Bull’s three wins in 2014 has been taken by four-time world champion and supposed star driver Sebastian Vettel, with the German once again failing to match teammate Daniel Ricciardo for pace today at Spa.

Ricciardo claimed his third career win at the Belgian Grand Prix, beating Nico Rosberg after the Mercedes driver clashed with teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton on the second lap of the race. The Briton eventually had to retire, allowing Rosberg to move into a 29 point lead at the top of the standings.

Vettel did appear to be in the running for the race win at one point, but an uncharacteristic mistake allowed Ricciardo to pass him. He rarely saw his Australian teammate again in the race.

In the end, Vettel was drawn into a frenetic battle for position with Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, which he eventually won to come home in fifth place.

Once again though, the defending world champion will be left ruing the fact that it is the driver across the garage and not him who has won today’s grand prix when Mercedes lapsed at the front.

It has now been five races since Vettel’s last podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Red Bull Racing at it’s heart is a representative of the Red Bull company and not the team,.

    Daniel; Ricciardo has become a massive advertising giant in the scheme of things in the Red Bull Formula One world.

    So much so that Vettel has likely had a substantial talking too to not screw it up by making himself look like a selfish little child on track.

    Even Stevie Wonder can see that Red Bull is not going to win any World Championships this year but what they can win,through Daniel Ricciardo is a huge upswing in the fans who view the team and the company with greater appeal and therefore will help increase the Red Bull companies bottom line by buying more Red bull stuff of all kinds.

    So let’s not be all over Mr.Vettel because he;s making the best of a truly for him bizarre year and I think he’s finally come to peace with it and his new place on the Red Bull team.

    In NO WAY does this mean that Vettel will be a team player when pushed but it does mean that he will simply try to be a nicer guy all the way around the paddock and in public.

    And why the hell not,they likely also told him-you’re getting pay raise for doing this so don’t muck it up.

    Not a bad place to find yourself in- more pay, less work and just be nice.

    • barrylibby - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Be nice?
      A genuine nice would be helpful , but difficult IMO.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Red B.S. Racing can make all the excuses they want for the golden boy, but the facts show Ricciardo has out performed Vettel all year long and by a substantial margin. While the ’14 formula cars can be difficult to drive and get running properly, Ricciardo doesn’t seem to have had any problems adapting to them.

    Many people don’t want to admit it but Vettel is highly over rated. Yes he is a good driver but had he been in anyone else’s car but a Newey car the last four seasons, he would never have been world champion. Alonso almost beat him twice with a lousy car. Without a totally dominant car this season Vettel is struggling yet Ricciardo has three victories – as a rookie! All Vettel can hope for is that Ricciardo gets a good seat with a scrupulous team for ’15 so Vettel doesn’t look as impotent as he has been this season.

    The reality check that Seb is getting is well deserved. Hopefully he will pull his head outta his arse and become a decent person because the fame and fortune turned him into an egomaniac and unsavory character to say the least.

  3. f1kat - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Vettel was widely blamed for decreasing viewer figures as he was too successful. World Champion or not that must do something to a man’s ego. Ricciardo, has none of this baggage and unlike Webber before,who was defeated by Vettel’s success, Ricciardo has a fresh start and a good car. Vettel, is still a good technical driver and once he get’s his head in gear, pardon the pun, he will be back on track.

  4. wickedwickedboy - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    I do not like that toothy hulk-like of a teammate of Vettel’s – so don’t think everyone likes that dude. Vettel had some bad luck and was struggling, but last race he didn’t have any power, so this article is messed up saying he was off the pace as if he forgot how to give it throttle. I hope he comes alive again because I am way sick of the new teammate already. He is growing more arrogant by the second.

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