Sebastian Vettel slammed as ‘overrated’ by ex Ferrari chief, Charles Leclerc shock claim

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Vettel exploded onto the scene in Formula One back in 2007 at Toro Rosso and was quickly dubbed “Baby Schumi” in reference to Michael Schumacher.

And the nickname rang true following his promotion to Red Bull in 2009 where his era of dominance began.

He finished just behind Jenson Button in his first season with Red Bull, before going on to win four consecutive world titles, his first in 2010 making him the youngest ever Formula One world champion.

Major changes at Red Bull followed in 2014 as Mercedes overtook Red Bull as the dominant team.

Seeking a new challenge, Vettel swapped his seat at Red Bull to go join Ferrari with many touting him to get back to his best and soon challenge for Michael Schumacher’s record tally of seven championships.

But he has been unable to truly match the speed of Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton overtaking him with a fifth world title last year.

A sixth looks on the cards for the Briton this season as he already holds a 39-point lead over Valtteri Bottas.

It’s been more disappointment for Vettel this year though, with a number of big mistakes proving costly.

And Baldisserri didn’t hold anything back when criticising Vettel, going on to say that Ferrari should focus all their efforts on Leclerc.

“I am critical of Vettel,” he told Pit Talk Radio podcast.

“I think he is an overrated driver and not the successor to Michael Schumacher.

“This is still the driver that won four world championships, but he makes too many mistakes and has to find himself in some way.

“When Leclerc becomes a more mature and experienced rider, he will need a teammate who can help and support.

“I believe that Vettel has the necessary experience to become an excellent partner for Leclerc.”

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