“Vettel can’t pass”- this sort of view gets incredibly tiresome.
I’m not saying that Vettel is a brilliant overtaker (yet, at least), but he’s certainly good enough to shrug off these ridiculous rumours that he can’t overtake. The reason we’ve seen less wheel-to-wheel action with Vettel is because he hasn’t needed to. The further forward on the grid you start, the less likely it is that you’re going to arrive behind another car.
Drivers like Hamilton and Alonso, at least this season, have been forced to overtake more simply because they’ve start the race slightly further back. Hamilton in particular is a truly brilliant overtaker, but he does so out of necessity.
Overtaking is carried out with inherent risk. Starting on pole and leading to the checkered flag is a much more preferable way that fighting through from further back on the grid, even if it DOES end in the same result. Even if it’s not quite as exciting for spectators.
And let us not forget that Vettel is still very young and at the beginning of his career. The majority of the current drivers are vastly more experienced than him, so it’s hardly surprising when he makes a few more mistakes than the others.
Look back on Hamilton’s few years in F1. His first couple of seasons were full of mistakes, crashes and collisions. Indeed he’s now in his fifth season, and look at the criticism he’s been subjected to over the past few months.