Was Monaco the turning point in Sebastian Vettel’s so-far meteoric F1 career?
“Not at all,” Mercedes’ Norbert Haug told the German news agency DPA on Wednesday.
Almost two weeks ago in the famous Principality, it was Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber who broke through with victory, meaning the Red Bull duo is now level-pegging in the championship. They are just 3 points from Fernando Alonso’s lead. So does Webber’s new form represent the turning poing for Vettel?
“Sebastian did not win two world championships by fluke,” Haug insisted.
Haug is also hoping lucky seven is on Mercedes’ side in Canada this weekend. Like Webber, Michael Schumacher is also enjoying a new run of form, having secured the first pole of his F1 comeback in Monaco.
Luck, however, has not been on his side in 2012, delivering him just 2 points so far.
That’s where lucky seven comes in. If he wins this year, 43-year-old Schumacher would be the unprecedented seventh different winner of the seventh race in a world championship calendar. The great German has won seven titles, seven grands prix in Montreal, and he even carries the number on his silver racer.
“The characteristics of the circuit should suit us, and we are counting on our car performing well there,” said Schumacher.