Formula 1 2020: Who’s the biggest threat to Lewis Hamilton’s crown?


0:28 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on why he can’t wait to get back racing at the Red Bull Ring

Johnny Herbert: “Has he already checked out? The Sebastian I know hasn’t. When he was leading the team, he had the might of Tifosi on his shoulder, Italy on his shoulder, and all the pressure from Ferrari as well. It didn’t really help him. When you look at the garage at Mercedes, Lewis doesn’t have as anywhere near as much pressure.

“Has that now been released, and are we going to see the Sebastian Vettel of old? I hope so. He’s not a four-time champion just because he had the best car, and it’s not a given that Leclerc is going to go to Austria and be the quickest Ferrari driver.”

Karun Chandhok: “I really wonder which Sebastian Vettel is going to show up. Last year in Singapore, Russia, we saw the quadruple world champion with devastating speed. But then we also saw the error-prone Sebastian at times.

“I really want to see which one we get. Because if we get the fast, consistently brilliant Vettel, all of a sudden it’s a bit of an awkward situation for Ferrari because effectively the bloke they’ve basically got rid of is potentially going to be their star driver. I think there’s a fantastic intra-team dynamic that could unfold if Sebastian is able to bring his A+ game.”

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