System 1 2021: Redemption beckons for Sebastian Vettel after depressing finish at Ferrari
Vettel thought of retiring however a transfer to Aston Martin has rekindled the 33-year-old German driver’s enthusiasm.
Paris: Sebastian Vettel is feeling optimistic about his new System One profession with Aston Martin after turning the web page on a depressing final season with Ferrari.
Issues went from dangerous to terrible for the four-time F1 champion in 2020.
He had only one podium end and ended 10 of 17 races outdoors the highest 10 final season amid a tense ambiance worsened by the actual fact Ferrari didn’t provide him a brand new contract.
“The entire 12 months was a problem. I am clearly not pleased with how final 12 months went when it comes to efficiency, when it comes to my efficiency,” he mentioned. “There are issues that did not go properly and issues I might have preferred to go otherwise. It isn’t a secret that at levels I wasn’t at my happiest.”
Final 12 months was an enormous fall from grace for Vettel, whose confidence was already shaken after he misplaced the 2017 and 2018 titles to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, regardless of main each championships on the midway stage.
A driver who nonetheless shares the F1 file with Michael Schumacher for many wins in a season — 13 with Crimson Bull in 2013 — and has 53 wins amongst his 121 podiums discovered himself outclassed by his junior teammate Charles Leclerc in 2019 and 2020.
When Leclerc was given a profitable new contract by way of 2024 — and Vettel wasn’t even provided one —it grew to become clear who was thought of No 1 within the workforce. The frown strains grew deeper on Vettel’s face as he completed the final three races of 2020 in thirteenth, twelfth and 14th.
“It hadn’t been to my requirements. I’ve by no means actually cared what individuals assume or say, or write,” Vettel mentioned. “That is why it is essential I am at peace with myself. (I’ve) very, very excessive expectations of myself.”
He even thought of retiring however a transfer to Aston Martin has rekindled the 33-year-old German driver’s enthusiasm.
“I am not too outdated, there are older drivers returning to the grid,” he mentioned, referring to 39-year-old Fernando Alonso. “I do not assume it is an age factor, I believe it is extra a query of (whether or not) you will have the workforce and the automobile round you.”
The Aston Martin workforce runs on Mercedes engines and is owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance Stroll is the workforce’s different driver.
The plan is to make Aston Martin a title contender inside three to 5 years.
Vettel urged the ambiance at Aston Martin is much less stuffy than it was at powerhouse Ferrari. The Italian producer with its brilliant pink automobile stays probably the most iconic identify in F1 historical past. However Ferrari has not received a drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and its final constructors’ title was in ’08.
“It is clearly very small (at Aston Martin) in the event you examine it to Ferrari at first,” Vettel mentioned. “Issues are a bit completely different, however it’s not concerning the fancy appears to be like or the flamboyant costly designer chairs within the workplace, it is extra concerning the work that’s executed behind the scenes.”
A brand new chapter in Vettel’s profession begins on Sunday on the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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