Martin Brundle has claimed Sebastian Vettel makes the sort of mistakes not seen by Lewis Hamilton as the Brit won the Italian Grand Prix last weekend.
Hamilton won in Monza having started behind rivals Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who he passed around the outside of the first corner with nine laps to go.
Vettel finished fourth, after colliding with Hamilton in a first-lap clash, but with the win, the Brit now leads his German rival by 30 points at the top of the F1 standings.
Brundle, who has a column for Sky Sports, questioned the mistakes Vettel and team Ferrari made to allow their rival Hamilton, and his partner Valtteri Bottas, to finish first and third respectively.
“Having just three sets of soft tyres between the two Ferrari drivers for the entire event was another mistake,” Brundle said.
“Seb’s first lap on the soft compound Pirellis all weekend was in the race, and it was little wonder that he couldn’t get them to work. Hamilton had three sets of the softs allocated by his team and Bottas four, and the difference showed.
"Ferrari’s problem is that Vettel is making too many mistakes too. Since the red-mist descended in Baku last season, Seb has crashed out at the start in Singapore, hit Bottas in France, been penalised in Austria for blocking Carlos Sainz in qualifying and thrown away victory in Germany. And now this.”
Brundle, a commentator for Sky Sports in the UK, cited the mistakes made by Vettel are not seen by four-time world champion Hamilton.
"The contrast is that we very rarely see mistakes from Lewis,” Brundle said.
“He was faultless again this weekend. He won the race with a display of smart thinking and precision driving.
“He managed his tyres as required and played the long game as he waited for precisely the right moment to attack.
“He took two risks, both around the outside of a Ferrari. While the first move ended with Vettel in a spin, the second was entirely clean. It would have been so easy for Kimi to have tapped him around but Kimi was totally fair. He’s just not the sort of driver to have that on his record.”
The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will now turn their attention to the Singapore GP on September 14-16, a race that Vettel has won four times, while Hamilton holds two victories on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, one coming last year.