Jolyon Palmer calls Vettel an "amateur" who "panics in the heat of battle"

07-04-2019 08:41
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Jolyon Palmer calls Vettel an amateur who panics in the heat of battle

Former Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer has said that Sebastian Vettel's spin in Bahrain was "amateur" and that the German "panics in the heat of battle." Many have criticised the Ferrari driver for the incident that he had when trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton. 

Palmer was quick to criticise Vettel after the race and said that a driver with his experience shouldn't be making mistakes like that.  

"Vettel's spin in the race in Bahrain was amateur," wrote the former Renault F1 driver in his BBC column."The spin was different to his three at the back end of last year because this one was on the exit of the corner, rather than on the entry or at the apex with a car squeezing him from the outside.

"But the reason for it seems to be the same - panic in the heat of battle.

"On top of that, in Bahrain, the desert wind can blow sand onto the track. So not only is fluctuating downforce an issue but the track grip can reduce as well.

"But this is a weak excuse for a spin of that simplicity.

"If a backmarker rookie had spun in the manner Vettel did, they would have been a laughing stock after the race. For a four-time world champion to do so should be unthinkable.

"Mistakes happen, but this is now four spins in Vettel's past 10 races going back to Monza last year. That's clearly an unacceptable trend for a championship challenger."

Vettel will hope that he learns to keep a cooler head when racing wheel to wheel. The German will look to get his Ferrari on the podium in China and make up for the poor performance in Bahrain. 

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