Critics of faultless Vettel are incompetent declares Pirro

Emanuele Pirro with BMS Scuderia Italia team in 1990

Emanuele Pirro with BMS Scuderia Italia team in 1990

Sebastian Vettel’s exploits over the past four years, and particularly this year have impressed former F1 driver and five time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro who scoffed at suggestions that the Red Bull driver was not worthy of his crowns.

Speaking in Bahrain, during the occasion of the WEC finale, Pirro slammed Vettel’s detractors, “I think they are incompetent with all respect. The performance by Vettel in the last four years, and the rate of improvement has been outstanding.”

Of the 13 wins in 2013, of which nine were back-to-back, Pirro said, “I really think that no one could do what he did this year. I feel sorry for him that some people do not rate his performance and give him the credit which he deserves.”

“He has done faultless races, he has performed amazing qualifying laps, he has been unbelievable in early stages of races, brilliant tyre preservation. Things nobody could do, so I question the competence of anyone who thinks that the championship was won by Red Bull and not by Vettel,” concluded the 41 year old Italian who raced for Benetton and Scuderia Italia in Formula 1 between 1989 and 1991. (GP247)

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  • Red Bull Cheats

    Yeah but if you watch his qualifying laps from in the car he is missing apexes and bouncing over curbs. but then he puts his power down 20m before everyone else and hey presto, P1.

  • vipernas

    ah yes “Red Bull Cheats” you are a perfect parrot… speak in your own words. you’re not the only one who has access to onboard footage.

  • adam22

    haha cutting corners is cheating, wow! i don’t think the track changes shape depending on who the driver is…

  • Eevel

    Yes Red Bull Cheats, Vettel misses all the apexes that Webber nails, yet Seb gets the pole and the win because Marko has instructed Newey to fit the traction control device, ride height adjuster and flexible, tilting front wing to Seb’s car only because he doesn’t like Mark’s face and besides Seb doesn’t need any help winning the Constructors for Red Bull :p

  • captain tortuga

    well, Pirro, that is your opinion. And your opinion is just as useless as the opinion, that the F1-minions write down here..

    No-one remembers Pirro, and no one mentions his name..

    I should refrain myself from commenting here until march.. but that would please too many people here. :P

  • Hawk

    hmmmm… so he raced in F1 when he was 17!

  • Ty

    It’s a mistake. He was born in 62.. So 27 in 89.

  • Taskmaster

    The denigration of Vettel and Red Bull is just a sign of the sick we live in today – where social media gives voice to those who would otherwise be ignored as crackpots and conspiracy theorists. In this pathetic universe, no matter who wins or succeeds, there will be a faction who tears them down and diminishes them, for no other reason other than they can. For regular fans of the sport, living with this crap is part of the sport now – like high ticket prices, stupid “entertainment enhancing” regulations, and gouging hotels near race events.

  • matthew

    vettel misses the apexes because he can hold a mph or 2 more going wide. the extra 2mph more than makes up for the extra 4 feet traveled. He’s quite possibly the best driver in the world, and yet people will sit on their ass and criticise even though they have no idea what they are talking about. Losers always hate a winner.

  • ZombieF1

    Yeah. Usain Bolt cut corners in the straights.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Irrespective of his comments, the sign behind him in the stands is priceless – especially considering the “pose” on the rear wheel.

  • Touche Turtle

    Yes… other opinion maybe from someone who are not going to be remembered in F1 history.

    The facts, real facts, are Vettel has 4 titles while other drivers of the grid just have 2 or 1.

    And of course you can tell us your thoughts about it but your opinion would be even more useless than Pirror’s point of view.

  • Garth

    Pirro is absolutely correct and I have said this before,—Fact, If or until Red Bull are found positively guilty of using illegal means to enhance car performance then they and Vettel are wholly justified in their pride and right to their achievments. Fact, the opinions of all others from the highly educated to the insignificant just do not matter one jot. Why, because it’s only an opinion and will stay an opinion until proved otherwise. This print is in Black but you can call it Red, Blue, Green or whatever, nobody cares what you call it nobody, Black is Black.

  • drift

    What Pirro is missing is that the Red Bull in recent years has been a car that is easy to control. There were several occasions like in Monza this year, where he clearly missed the brake point about 10-15 metres, tyres smoked like hell for several seconds and yet he was able to maintain position… Says a lot about how the Red Bull is driving like on rails.

  • Garth

    Captain Tortugo.

    Pirro’s name will be remembered, and he is much more qualified to be judgemental on motorsport than you will ever be. The Le-mans endurance 24hour race a true test of man and machine Pirro won it 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, what have you ever done, respect costs nothing and credit where credit is due.

  • matthew

    @drift I don’t get your point. We all know the red bull was leaps and bounds better than the rest of the field, surely your not implying that because vettel missed a few brake points he’s not a true champion? kimi, alonso, lewis, ros, etc. all missed brake points repeatedly. That happens when your pushing to the limits. The only top driver that couldn’t seem to recover from late braking points and spins was kimi. He really was not mentally in the game in the last half of the season.

  • O’Ferrari

    I don’t like vettel. I can pick on his flaws (which are getting fewer every year), but he is very fast in clear air and has a beautiful feel for the car.

    He is getting better under pressure, but still gets hot under the collar and struggles when his car doesn’t have a clear advantage.

    However, he is so good when his car is good that he rarely squanders a qualifying session and never wastes clear air.

    He, and rbr, play to their strengths.

    I think alonso is a better racer (but not as fast over a single lap), and I reckon Hamilton is able to get more from a car but doesn’t have the deft touch of vettel in a race.

    When all is said and done, vettel made the most of everything this year. I don’t like him, but I’d hate to have him as a team mate!

  • Hawk

    Such balanced commentary