Marko: Vettel has had to change his approach

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has explained how Sebastian Vettel has had to change his approach to Formula 1 after a difficult start to the 2014 season.

For the past five years, Vettel has enjoyed racing the fastest car on the grid with Red Bull, winning four world championships. However, Red Bull has not enjoyed the same kind of advantage at the beginning of this season, with Mercedes instead dominating proceedings.

Speaking to the BBC, Marko explained how Vettel has had to change his approach to deal with the new style of F1.

“Sebastian was complaining about having such a bad car,” he explained. “Sebastian wants everything absolutely right. His main problem was the downshift was always destabilising the rear and he couldn’t understand that we couldn’t solve it.

“Furthermore, he thinks the way F1 is going is not the right one. The cars should be monsters, not relatively easy to drive. With all these problems, maybe he wasn’t as committed as he should have been, but that has changed. Already in Spain we saw already a different approach from this guy.”

Marko also revealed that he had given Vettel a pep talk to up his game – something a four-time champ may not expect to get.

“I told him ‘there are 50 engineers working on this engine and they can’t sort it out. You’re a top driver, it’s up to you. You have to do it.’

“If he can’t sort out the car, the easiest thing is the driver. He has to raise his game.”

Vettel secured just his second podium finish of the season in Canada last weekend, but he has been outclassed in 2014 by teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who claimed his maiden grand prix victory in Montreal.

With four world titles under his belt, though, it is unlikely that Vettel will be kept down for long. As we saw in 2012, it takes him a bit of time to become accustomed with a new set of regulations, and although a fifth championship might not be on the cards in 2014, a race win before the end of the year will certainly be the target.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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