It's been well documented for a number of years that Vettel needs a stable and compliant rear end to extract his best performance. Just a quick google brings this article up from the beginning of last year and I know I read about it during his time at Red Bull even.schumilegend wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:27 pmThis isn't true at all...Contrary Vettel always likes a pointy car..part of the reason he destroyed Bourdais in Toro Rosso and Webber in the red bull..Bourdais even acknowledged how he couldnt cope with a unstable rear but Seb could control itBlack_Flag_11 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:38 pmWe're seeing what we already knew, Vettel can't extract top level performance out of a car with rear instability, we saw the same thing last year between France and Singapore when Ferrari went that way with development.
If the Racing Point has the same 'pointy' characteristics next year then he will struggle. I doubt Stroll will beat him regardless as I think an off-pace Vettel is still faster than Stroll, but it could be close.
https://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/for ... lem-setup/
Radio from after the last GP "thanks guys I pushed as hard as could at the end there but, yeah, the car was getting nervous again with the rear"It is not a secret what Vettel demands from a good racing car. He must be able to rely on the rear of the vehicle. It doesn't even have to feel like cement, but its reactions have to be predictable in every round. Then he can show his great strength.