The German legend is thinking about his future, and his Aston Martin car failed to cope with Ferrari and the former Red Bull team after a disappointing start to the 2022 campaign.
Former world champion and member of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One, team, Sebastian Vettel, visited the Aston Martin Residences in downtown Miami on Wednesday. AFP
Miami: Sebastian Vettel is not ready to settle for second best while contemplating the last chapter of his legendary career.
The German legend, in an interview with AFP ahead of the Miami GP this weekend, is thinking about his future, and his Aston Martin car failed to cope with Ferrari and the former Red Bull team after a disappointing start to the 2022 campaign.
Four-time world champion Vettel last won the race in Singapore in 2019 and has just four points after missing the first two races of the season after catching COVID-19.
He did not finish in Australia, but he won eighth place in Imola two weeks ago.
Vettel, who joined Aston Martin in 2021, has a contract that expires at the end of the current campaign, and as the 34-year-old is increasingly interested in environmental and social issues, he is considering life after the race.
The Aston Martin runner, however, is not prone to panic and will certainly not worry about what awaits him, both on and off the track.
I am interested in victory, Vettel told AFP.
“I haven’t made a decision about my future yet, but I’m spoiled because I’ve been in charge and I know how it is, and the feeling is amazing.
“As a team, it’s no secret, we wanted to be in the lead, but now we are at the back. We work very, very hard.
“It’s just at the back of the field, you don’t have a reward.
“I didn’t mind when I started, but finishing outside the top 10 is not what I’m here for. I want to win.”
Vettel, speaking at Aston Martin Residences in downtown Miami, smiled awkwardly when asked what he expected to be his legacy.
Yet the German, a loyal father of three who shuns fame and enjoys relative anonymity in the United States, where F1 stars are not well-known names, will remain one of the greats.
With his first title in 2010, he became the youngest world champion in history and started a series of four consecutive world championships.
“I don’t think too much about heritage,” said Vettel, who will stay in touch with his beloved Eintracht Frankfurt’s attempt to reach the Europa League final on Thursday as he prepares for the first F1 raid in South Florida.
“In the end, it’s just what I feel that matters.”
But Vettel remains a born competitor which is why his pain with Aston Martin is getting worse with each disappointment in the race.
“There will be that competitive spirit in everything else I do. If I cook, I want it to be perfect. And I’m disappointed it’s not and then I start thinking about how it can be perfect?”
“I have set the bar so high.
“I don’t feel like I’m driving as well as I used to. I’ve evolved a lot and my experience helps me not to burden myself with certain things.”
Vettel’s desire to help differentiate himself from his daily job at F1 led him to collect rubbish after the British Grand Prix last summer, while also working on creating a new bee habitat in Switzerland.
“I have a lot of interest, but with the environment I can’t understand how it doesn’t interest anyone,” he said. “It’s about all of us in our future.”
Vettel’s love for high-octane delight remains even though he has already been firmly blocked for once in his career.
“I may stay in the races, but maybe not right away,” he admitted. “It’s what I love, so you never know.
“But I’m not going to be a TV expert. No, no.”