Vettel made an inauspicious begin to life as an Aston Martin driver in Bahrain final weekend, the German labeled 15th after being penalised for a late-race collision with Esteban Ocon’s Alpine.
That was after he began the race from the again of the sphere, a Q1 exit compounded by a five-place grid penalty for a yellow flag infringement.
The disappointing displaying added to ongoing run of poor kind for the four-time world champion, who spent the previous two seasons within the shadow of teammate Charles Leclerc at Ferrari.
In line with 10-time grand prix winner Berger the difficulty for Vettel is stress, the German at his greatest when he is in a transparent group chief position and never being pushed by the opposite aspect of there storage.
“Sebastian is a four-time world champion so he is one of many excellent drivers, no query,” Berger instructed the Within the Quick Lane podcast.
“However he by no means reacted nicely below stress. Bear in mind when Daniel [Ricciardo] got here to Crimson Bull [he] was very sturdy and he put stress on Sebastian. For Sebastian it was tough to deal with it. In Ferrari it was the identical factor.
“I simply really feel if you watch him, you are feeling he is not free. He is not relaxed sufficient. He is attempting to show issues that, at this second, aren’t attainable as a result of the automotive is not ok or his personal kind is not ok.
“Whenever you’re on this scenario that you must sit down, take a step again and say ‘nicely, take it simple and the success goes to come back once more’.
“In saying that he is on the finish of his profession too. Whenever you’ve completed so many races, if you’re already a four-time world champion, then comes a degree when possibly you are not in a scenario the place you need to take all of the dangers, the place you struggle such as you would struggle earlier than you received any races.
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“Ultimately it simply does not work out nicely for him. He begins to make errors and other people begin to query him. That is simply step-by-step extra stress, and, as I mentioned at the start, he does not like stress.”
Vettel is dealing with a novel teammate dynamic at Aston Martin given Lance Stroll’s father Lawrence Stroll is a part-owner of the group.
However Berger does not suppose that shall be a difficulty for Vettel if he can begin out-performing Stroll, the group nonetheless prone to focus its consideration on the sooner driver no matter household ties.
“It is dependent upon his efficiency,” added Berger.
“For those who’re slower than your teammate, and your teammate can be the proprietor of the group, issues will possibly flip extra there. However is it not all over the place the identical? For those who’re slower than your teammate, groups will naturally focus extra on the one that’s sooner.
“On the finish of the day it is extra psychological. It is simply an uncomfortable scenario if you’re in a group and your teammate is quicker.
“However that is one thing you need to cope with. For those who’re a sportsman at this stage you need to cope with sturdy teammates. ‘
“And I’ve to say Lance is not doing a foul job in any respect. He is performing. The one factor for the time being, I feel he’s battling the rear finish of the automotive. The automotive does not look that good.
“I feel it is probably not a driver subject they’ve for the time being, the automotive is not performing the way in which [Aston Martin] had been anticipating.”