Hamilton: Vettel must now show leadership
29 April 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has said Sebastian Vettel will now need to show leadership if Red Bull Racing is to bounce back from its poor start to the 2014 Formula 1 season and challenge Mercedes.
Vettel has struggled so far this year and to date the reigning Champion has scored just 33 points and taken only one podium, leaving him fifth in the Drivers' Championship, more than 40 points behind both Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Although Vettel has not given up and maintains he can still take his fifth crown this year, Hamilton believes the current situation will be a good test of just how good the German is.
"As a four-time World Champion, Sebastian must now demonstrate his leadership. When it comes to the crunch, you can transfer your strength as head of the team," Hamilton confirmed to Germany's Bild newspaper.
Meanwhile, Hamilton also added that he has not written off Red Bull: "If I'm really honest, I am very wary and do not quite trust the situation there."
"Clearly they still seem to have problems with the [Renault] engine. But regardless of the power unit, it is a strong car. I am sure that they will catch up," he concluded.