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Formula 12021: Sebastian Vettel’s redemption beckons after a miserable end at Ferrari

Vettel considered retiring, but his move to Aston Martin rekindled the enthusiasm of a 33-year-old German driver.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will steer his car at the Belgian Grand Prix. AP

Paris: Sebastian Vettel feels optimistic about his new F1 career at Aston Martin after flipping through a miserable page at Ferrari last season.

For the four 2020 F1 champions, things have changed from terrible to terrible.

In a tense atmosphere exacerbated by the fact that Ferrari did not offer him a new contract, he won only one podium and finished 10 out of 17 races outside the top 10 last season. It was.

“It was a challenge all year long. I’m clearly dissatisfied with last year’s performance and performance,” he said. “Sometimes it didn’t work and I wanted to do it another way. It’s no secret that I wasn’t happy in stages.”

Last year, I was greatly depressed by Vettel’s grace. Vettel had already lost confidence after losing the 2017 and 2018 titles to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, despite leading both championships along the way.

The driver, who shared F1 records with Michael Schumacher for most of the season’s wins and scored 13 Red Bull wins in 2013, was on the 121st podium with his junior teammate Charles Leclerc in 2019 and 2020. Won.

It became clear who was considered number one on the team when Leclerc signed a favorable new deal by 2024, and when Vettel wasn’t even offered. When Vettel finished the last three races of 2020 on the 13th, 12th and 14th, the frowning lines deepened into Vettel’s face.

“It didn’t meet my standards. I never really care about people thinking, saying, or writing,” Vettel said. “That’s why it’s important for me to be peaceful with myself. (I) have very high expectations for myself.”

He even thought about retiring, but the move to Aston Martin rekindled the enthusiasm of a 33-year-old German driver.

“I’m not too old. I have an older driver back on the grid,” he said, referring to 39-year-old Fernando Alonso. “I don’t think it’s outdated. I think it’s a matter of whether you have a team and cars around you.”

The Aston Martin team runs on a Mercedes engine and is owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. Lawrence Stroll’s son, Lance Stroll, is another driver on the team.

The plan is to make Aston Martin a title candidate within three to five years.

Vettel suggested that the Aston Martin atmosphere is less stuffy than the Powerhouse Ferrari. The Italian manufacturer of the bright red car continues to be the most iconic name in F1 history. However, Ferrari hasn’t won the drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, and the last constructor’s title was in 2008.

“It’s clearly very small (in Aston Martin) when compared to Ferrari in the first place,” Vettel said. “Things are a little different, but it’s about the work done behind the scenes, not the flashy look of the office or the flashy expensive designer chairs.”

A new chapter in Vettel’s career begins on Sunday at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Formula 12021: Sebastian Vettel’s redemption beckons after a miserable end at Ferrari

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