Vet­tel al­ready look­ing for his next chance

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - KEVIN TURNER EDI­TOR kevin.turner@au­tosport.com @KRT917

LAST WEEK, LEWIS HAMIL­TON – RIGHTLY – GRABBED all the plau­dits for se­cur­ing his fourth For­mula 1 world crown. This week we speak to his de­feated ri­val, Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

The Fer­rari star might have missed out on adding to his own four ti­tles, but Vet­tel is still up­beat about his chances of fi­nally tak­ing Fer­rari back to the very top – as­sum­ing it doesn’t with­draw fol­low­ing the spat over F1’s 2021 en­gine reg­u­la­tions (see page 6).

The Vet­tel-fer­rari com­bi­na­tion has cer­tainly got stronger and it is clear the Ger­man dearly wants to fol­low in the footsteps of his hero and coun­try­man Michael Schu­macher by dom­i­nat­ing in red.

How­ever, there are still a few rough edges. Vet­tel ac­cepts his ac­tions in Azer­bai­jan (clash­ing with Hamil­ton be­hind the safety car) were not cor­rect, but is still re­luc­tant to take the blame for the Sin­ga­pore start­line dis­as­ter. Like Schu­macher, how­ever, he is also not one to blame the team for its fail­ures, know­ing that in­ter­nal har­mony is vi­tal if Fer­rari re­ally is to end the Sil­ver Ar­rows’ re­cent dom­i­na­tion.

As well as look­ing ahead with Vet­tel, we also have an eye on the fu­ture with Bri­tain’s two ris­ing stars. Lando Nor­ris was a re­mark­able and de­serv­ing win­ner of the Euro­pean F3 crown this year, while Ge­orge Rus­sell – who’s flown un­der the radar com­pared to Nor­ris – has been happy to con­cen­trate on do­ing his job, which re­sulted in the GP3 ti­tle.

Both are Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award win­ners and are among the very best tal­ents who will soon be knock­ing on the door of F1. Quite what the state of play will be when they get there will be partly dic­tated by how Vet­tel and Fer­rari de­velop in the months to come.

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