Berger: We must allow Vettel and LeCler to competeApril 19, 2019
In the Ferrari should allow Charles LeCler to compete on equal terms with Sebastian Vettel, and not to create for a four-time world champion more favorable conditions, – says Gerhard Berger, at one time, in the 80s and 90s, speaking for a team from Maranello.
According to the Austrian, at such an early stage of the season Vettel should not be considered a favorite: “Although I like Sebastian, and I really appreciate him, but a guy appeared who could win the championship.
I do not think it is enough to say: “This racer is experienced, this one is not, therefore we will rely on experience.” In my opinion, we must allow them to compete. “
After three stages of the championship Vettel is ahead of his young partner by only one point, but in Bahrain, Leclair was clearly faster: he won the qualifications, showed the best lap of the race and missed the victory only because his car failed. In China, the team asked Charles to miss partner, and in the end he finished fifth, while Sebastian went up to the podium.
Berger in the early 90s spent three seasons at McLaren, where his partner was Ayrton Senna, and says that he does not recall a single case of command tactics, although at the end of the season this approach can be justified.
“I think the question is when such a tactic is acceptable, and whether this or that rider has at least the slightest chance to fight for victory in the championship,” commented Berger at a meeting with the press on the start of the new season in the DTM series. “If it is already used in the first or second race, I cannot agree with that.”
When asked whether it was too early Lecler was invited to Ferrari, Berger said no: “No, Ferrari always put the fastest racers behind the wheel of their cars, trying to get the maximum results from them. I also think that this is the right approach. I think it was the right decision, and the moment for its adoption was right. ”
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