Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen believes that Sebastian Vettel remains a serious threat to Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the 2015 championship following his victory in Hungary last weekend.
Vettel claimed his first win at the Hungaroring on Sunday as both Hamilton and Rosberg faded across the course of the race, eventually finishing sixth and eighth respectively.
As a result, Vettel closed the gap to Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship down to 42 points, and is just 21 behind Rosberg in second place.
Although Ferrari entered the season targeting two race wins and with little hope of a title bid, Hakkinen believes that Vettel should be taken very seriously in the championship chase.
“Vettel is a danger because the season is only half over, and there are still a high number of points at stake,” the Finn wrote in his blog for Hermes.
“Vettel is currently driving extremely well. His performances are top notch.”
Hakkinen also believes that Daniel Ricciardo is currently facing some pressure at Red Bull following the recent resurgence of Daniil Kvyat. The Russian scored his first podium in F1 at the Hungaroring last weekend, finishing second ahead of Ricciardo.
“Daniil Kvyat is currently succeeding in putting Ricciardo under pressure, as we saw in Hungary,” Hakkinen wrote.
“Ricciardo is a respected and good driver, but he is now clearly under pressure to perform.”