• Adam Vella

Vettel, more than just a Driver

Sebastian Vettel's contribution to the team is far greater than what he does on the race track. Says Ferrari senior performance engineer Jock Clear

Jock joined Ferrari at the beginning of this season after a year off following his decision to leave Mercedes for Maranello. He remembered very well the regard that Michael Schumacher held for Vettel and was one of the reasons he was excited to return to work in 2016.

"I knew a little bit about him before, having worked with Michael a few years ago, he was a good friend of Michael's and I remember well that Michael spoke very highly of him when we were all working together. So I was excited about this opportunity as I was about working with Kimi [Raikkonen], and Seb has been everything I was expecting of him."

Vettel has been know “to bring the best out of people” when he is not in the car and has shown to bring back the inspiration that Ferrari had been missing for a few years.

"He is a four-time world champion and that shines through whenever you see him in the garage, in the car, or in the factory, or in the simulator. He knows how to bring the best out of people. He knows how to drag the team forward. He knows how to communicate and those aspects of being an F1 racing driver are so critical to the modern F1 team driving forward.

"It is a team effort and they do carry a huge responsibility of motivation and direction, and I know that Seb understands that. You can see that what he brings to the part is just invaluable and that is what singles out the world champions from the other guys in the pit lane. They just know how it works and Seb has all of that and more."

Source: GpUpdate, ESPN

Photo: Scuderia Ferrari