Ralf Schumacher has called out some key Formula One players this season, and suggested they need to step up to the plate and truly ‘”arrive” in the championship after switching teams for 2021.
A few seasoned drivers have moved around ahead of this season, including four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo, who have all been out performed by their team-mates in the two races so far.
Vettel moved from Ferrari to Aston Martin, Ricciardo from Renault to McLaren and Perez made the switch from Racing Point to Red Bull this season, all with a point to prove at their respective teams.
However, Schumacher believes all three drivers are playing catch up now, and will need to up their performances, and fast.
“Sebastian Vettel drove in the middle of nowhere. Brake failure, time penalty, gearbox failure – the unlucky lady was particularly busy again,” Schumacher told Sky Sports F1.
“‘It’s a question of time’ say their bosses, this kind of patience didn’t exist in the past. Of course we had more test drives, but if the results weren’t there quickly, we were counted out.”
Schumacher also spoke of his nephew, Mick, who had his own issues in the Haas, the slowest car on the grid, a performance which was not helped by a spin behind the safety car that saw him hit the wall near the pits.
Fortunately he could continue with only the front wing broken, but the closed pit lane forced a delay to the repair job.