DO YOU KNOW WHY I'M NOT WINNING? Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (right) speaks to a Red Bull technician at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium. Image: AP/ Luca Bruno
LONDON, England - Mark Webber's honest clarity has been missed from Formula 1 in 2014.
Amid the typical PR-speak, Webber - having left Red Bull and the paddock for semi-retirement and Le Mans - was always relied upon for a blunt assessment.
On his former team mate Sebastian Vettel's troubled 2014 season, for instance, Webber told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV this week: "Vettel is having problems with the new rules.
RICCIARDO TRUMPING VETTEL
Vettel, whilst not denying he made mistakes, thinks bad reliability has been the headline of his struggle in 2014.
At the 2014 Belgian GP, he even said it is "unfair" to directly compare him with Daniel Ricciardo in 2014, because the Australian has had a clear run with the sister RB10.
According to German television RTL, Vettel said: "People see the raw result and have their opinion. But they don't always see what is really going on. We have had so many technical problems; burned up so many engines and wasted many components. Daniel has performed very strongly, there is no question," said the four-times World champion.
"I think the races he won, we would have also been able to win if things had gone a bit differently."
'THE HUNGER IS STILL THERE'
For that reason, he said he is not beginning to question his own talent.
Vettel said: "It's not as if you forget how to drive over a winter and suddenly start doing everything wrong instead of everything right. The hunger is still there and I think we have a good chance to fight for the world championship if we position ourselves better."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.