After Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari no longer has a world champion in Formula 1. By attracting Red Bull success driver Sebastian Vettel at the time, the mission was clear: to win the championship for the Maranello team. Now, six years later, the German leaves for Racing Point without having accomplished his mission with Ferrari.
We have failed
This is what Sebastian Vettel says in a long interview with the German medium Blick. After Michael Schumacher and Niki Lauda, Seb is the most successful Ferrari driver ever and that counts for something, of course. The most important thing, however, has never succeeded. “Yes, we failed,” says Vettel self-critically when he says that he did not win the championship.
“That is the crux of the matter, unfortunately. Of course, there is more than one reason for the failed mission, but you should never cry for too long about missed goals.” Put your shoulders to it and carry on, with Vettel looking back rather soberly on his years at Ferrari. Also because nothing can be changed.
Critics are right
Over the years at Ferrari, the German has also been criticised. Something that he himself nuanced a little, because one was too exaggerated, while the other was not. Vettel: “I think that criticism is part of everything. The guiding principle still applies: you are never as good as people say you are, but you are never as bad as people say you are.”
“You have to find the right way yourself. Of course, sometimes the critics are right, but sometimes they are not. I am very open about it, because I know my weaknesses and strengths best of all. I’ve certainly made some mistakes, but we don’t all have to talk about them,” he says.
Next year, Sebastian Vettel will be driving at Racing Point, where he will be in Sergio Perez’s place, who in turn will move to Red Bull Racing at the expense of Alexander Albon.
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