Veteran German driver Sebastian Vettel, a four-time Formula 1 champion, is reluctant to settle for a disappointing start to the season in his Aston Martin car as he ponders his future off the track.
“I haven’t made a decision about my future yet, but I’m badly used to it, because I was in the lead and I know what it’s like, and it feels amazing,” Vettel told AFP ahead of his start at the Grand Prix at the weekend. Miami Florida).
“I’m only interested in winning,” he stressed. “As a team, it is not a secret, we wanted to be in front, but now we are behind. We are working very, very hard.”
The last triumph of Vettel, the youngest champion in Formula 1 history (23 years old in 2010), dates back to the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.
At 34, the German is now trying to come back from a nightmare start to the campaign, in which he missed the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia due to a covid-19 infection.
In his delayed debut, the driver had to retire in Australia after hitting a wall and just at the end of April he collected four points in the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix that keep him in a distant 14th place in the championship.
“I don’t care when I started, but finishing outside the top 10 is not what I’m here for. I want to win,” remarks Vettel at the Aston Martin residence in downtown Miami.
Still, the German believes that he has “evolved a lot” as a driver and that his extensive experience helps him “avoid stress with certain things.”
Winner of four titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, Vettel was unable to repeat the success with Ferrari, the team to which he belonged between 2015 and 2020, before signing last year for Aston Martin, with which he finished twelfth in the last season.
Looking ahead, Vettel, whose contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of the current campaign, has shown a growing interest in environmental and social issues.
“I have a lot of interests, but with the environment I can’t understand how anyone can not be interested in that,” he said. “It concerns us all in our future.”
In his role as an activist, Vettel could be seen last year collecting garbage in the stands of the British Grand Prix or building a “hotel” for bees in the shape of a Formula 1 car in a school in Austria with students.
With his passion intact, Vettel does not reject the possibility of continuing to be linked to the world of speed.
“I may still be in the racing world, but maybe not right away,” he admitted. “It’s what I like, so you never know.”
“But I’m not going to be a television expert. No, no », he dismissed flatly. (AFP)