Can Vettel steal the F1 world title from Mercedes?
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is in the hunt for the 2015 Formula 1 title, and quite capable of stealing it from the Mercedes pair.
That is the claim of former double world champion Mika Hakkinen, after Vettel broke through for an unexpected second victory of the season in Hungary.
It means the German’s gap to Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg is now just 21 points, while just another 21 points further up the table is Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead.
“Vettel is a threat,” former McLaren world champion Hakkinen told his sponsor Hermes in an exclusive interview. The season is only half over so there are still a huge number of points at stake. Vettel is doing an extremely good job at the moment.”
Hakkinen also hailed the surge in form of the young Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, who earlier this year seemed easily outclassed by his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
Indeed, Rosberg admitted his anger with Ricciardo following their on-track clash, which cost the Mercedes driver a lot of points.
“Daniel is a nice guy,” Rosberg wrote in his column for Bild newspaper. “But in Hungary he overdid it. It was absolutely my corner although the FIA did not punish him, and I have to accept that.”
Hakkinen concluded: “Ricciardo is a respected and good driver, but he is clearly under pressure to perform at the moment.”