Vettel already looking for his next chance
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.