While sitting at the same desk during the FIA press conference in Hungary on Thursday – Webber and Alguersuari that is – the F1 veteran had no problem criticizing the Spaniard publicly. The Aussie insisted he doesn't think much about F1's tendency of becoming a racing school in recent years.
“I've never been a big fan of Formula 1 being a learning school but it seems like it is these days. I don't think Formula 1 is a learning school. When you arrive in F1 you should be ready. It's not a place to learn,” Webber told the media on Thursday.
Given that he is much younger than Webber and he has already distinguished himself as a world-class driver at a young age – having scored 3 wins so far – Vettel refused to echo the comments of his colleague. While admitting Webber is not thrilled about this situation, Vettel put the blame on the FIA, as it banned in-season testing in 2009.
Under the circumstances, rookie drivers have no other option but to step into the car unprepared, argued the German driver.
“I think in the end if there is anything to criticise then I think it is the rules. As you can see, you end up having a situation that a driver is entering F1 without having done a single test. So I think it is extremely difficult for young drivers, independent from their age, the next generation, to get to F1 as you have no chance to prove yourself,” said Vettel.