Ecclestone: Vettel lacks a little charisma 21 November, 2012 Nov.21 (GMM) The youngest ever double world champion Sebastian Vettel lacks charisma, his friend and mentor Bernie Ecclestone has acknowledged. But the F1 chief executive, who plays backgammon with the 25-year-old reigning world champion at grands prix, doesn’t blame the sport’s latest crop of stars. ” [Vettel] lacks a little charisma,” Briton Ecclestone, 82, told Bild newspaper, as Vettel looks set to match the achievements of greats Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher with his third consecutive drivers’ crown. “Guys like Hunt, Rindt, Lauda, Senna were real characters, but they can’t be like that anymore because they are protected by the team bosses far too much. Now the FIA gives them a muzzle,” said Ecclestone. “They’re not even allowed to show their emotions,” he exclaimed. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsRed Bull using electric engine for pitstop practiceVergne: Toro Rosso was a good school I learnt a lotTeenager Verstappen the big talking point at SpaBelgian Grand Prix: Red Bull preview SpaMarko: The older drivers need to step on the gasVerstappen: This opportunity is a dream come trueLammers says Verstappen ready for 2015 F1 debutVerstappen plays down 2015 Toro Rosso race seat reportsHorner: We’re keeping the hammer downVerstappen: Honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team Disgusted with 2012 I don’t personally need drivers to be press worthy dignitaries. How we’ve come to this thinking that race drivers are not just competitors, they are ambassadors to the sport – is a mystery to me. They are racecar drivers, and should be treated and respected for that, and nothing more. I’m personally exhausted with the hyper sensitivity and over-reaction that surrounds those who dare express a moment of frustration, or expression of excitement. Fan reactions today show none of decorum they demand of the drivers they hammer on about, frequently attacking with a visceral disdain that is so hypocritical it’s comical. I remember days of pit side fist fights, seriously angry radio calls, and news about fallings out between team members (Prost/Senna anyone), that makes anything we have seen lately seem tame and completely irrelevant. I miss the days when motorsport was all about heated competition, between hard as nails teams. It was much more genuine and honest, and real.