Stuck: Vettel's a great guy but lacks the charisma of Alonso and Raikkonen

Hans Stuck applauds German GP winner Sebastian Vettel

Hans Stuck applauds German GP winner Sebastian Vettel

German motor racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck has questioned Sebastian Vettel’s charisma (or the lack thereof) after the reigning world champion was booed during recent Formula 1 podium ceremonies, including most recently in Singapore.

He told Munich’s Abendzeitung newspaper that the dominant Red Bull driver doesn’t deserve the scorn simply for winning, or that he’s not “cool” or “cute” like Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg respectively.

“All I can say is, dear Sebastian, don’t worry about [it],” said Stuck.

Stück said that he was sometimes booed as a driver, although the situation is not comparable to Vettel’s because the 26-year-old “doesn’t really know what he did wrong”.

Sebastian Vettel on the Singapore podium with team principal Christian Horner and 'charismatic' rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel on the Singapore podium with team principal Christian Horner and ‘charismatic’ rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso

Stück, 62, said that Vettel “does not have the charisma of an Alonso or a Raikkonen”.

“Either you have it or you don’t,” he insisted. “He’s still a great guy.”

Stück said that Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton fit much more with the “typical racing driver cliche”.

“One has women, the other is often drunk under the table. And drivers with corners and edges are more loved by the fans at certain times than a slick one who only wins,” he added.

Asked what Vettel can do to stop the booing, Stuck joked that the championship leader could stop winning. (GMM)

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