Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez called out as Sebastian Vettel urged to ‘catch up’

Ralf Schumacher has called out some key Formula One players this season, and suggested they need to step up to the plate and truly ‘”arrive” in the championship after switching teams for 2021.

A few seasoned drivers have moved around ahead of this season, including four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo, who have all been out performed by their team-mates in the two races so far.

Vettel moved from Ferrari to Aston Martin, Ricciardo from Renault to McLaren and Perez made the switch from Racing Point to Red Bull this season, all with a point to prove at their respective teams.

However, Schumacher believes all three drivers are playing catch up now, and will need to up their performances, and fast.

“Sebastian Vettel drove in the middle of nowhere. Brake failure, time penalty, gearbox failure – the unlucky lady was particularly busy again,” Schumacher told Sky Sports F1.

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“That’s why it’s difficult to assess his performance on Sunday. He doesn’t want any sympathy, he told us that right after the race when we interviewed him, but somehow a lot reminds us of his last Ferrari year, only everything in green.

“Sebastian now has to catch up in the next one or two races, catch up with his team-mate, better overtake him.

“The experienced drivers in their new teams: Vettel, Perez, Ricciardo. They have not yet arrived, they are not yet at one with the car.

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“‘It’s a question of time’ say their bosses, this kind of patience didn’t exist in the past. Of course we had more test drives, but if the results weren’t there quickly, we were counted out.”

Schumacher also spoke of his nephew, Mick, who had his own issues in the Haas, the slowest car on the grid, a performance which was not helped by a spin behind the safety car that saw him hit the wall near the pits.

Fortunately he could continue with only the front wing broken, but the closed pit lane forced a delay to the repair job.

“Things are moving forward for Mick,” said Ralf.

“Sure, he misjudged when warming up the tyres, turned into the wall and demolished his nose in the process – that was embarrassing for him. But such an action is part of the game and won’t happen to him again.

“The bottom line is that he had his team-mate safely under control. He was clearly faster than Mazepin – in qualifying and in the race. He is doing very well in his first year of training.”

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