Sebastian Vettel has been told to raise his game and stop complaining about his car.
The F1 champion has yet to win a race this season after four years of dominating the sport.
The change of rules affecting engines and fuel consumption has left Vettel and Red Bull trailing this season behind Mercedes with their driving pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton leading the way.
Vettel has not been happy this season yet Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has revealed he had to have terse talks with Vettel and tell him to stop moaning at the problems he has encountered as it was down to driver issues.
Red Bull managed to celebrate their first Grand Prix win this season when Daniel Ricciardo won in Canada last weekend to prove there was nothing wrong with their car. .Marko has revealed he had words with Vettel after the Chinese Grand Prix and has seen an improvement in his attitude since.
Marko said: “Sebastian was complaining about having such a bad car. Sebastian wants everything absolutely right.
“His main problem was the downshift was always destabilising the rear and he couldn’t understand that we couldn’t solve it. Furthermore, he thinks the way F1 is going is not the right one – the cars should be monsters, not relatively easy to drive.
“With all these problems, maybe he wasn’t as committed as he should have been, but that has changed. Already in Spain we saw already a different approach from this guy.
“I told him: ‘There are 50 engineers working on this engine and they can’t sort it out. You’re a top driver, it’s up to you. You have to do it.'”
Marko also revealed how Red Bull turned down the chance to sign Hamilton two years ago when he was looking for a new team after deciding to leave McLaren.
But he felt there would be a clash of egos between Vettel and Hamilton so they stuck with No2 diver Mark Webber instead.
Marko added: “We were considering it, but we thought it wouldn’t work. To be successful, you need a certain amount of harmony.”
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