Both Vettel and teammate Charles Leclerc finished outside the top ten in thirteenth and fourteenth, as neither driver were able to move up the field during the race.
It would have been a dream scenario: After successful years at Red Bull, a world title with the great Ferrari. Unfortunately, that passionate wish could not come true for Sebastian Vettel.
Nevertheless, the German does not regret moving to the team from Maranello. Vettel offers a small hint on who his next team could be in Formula 1.
Vettel’s season at Ferrari will last ten more races, and the multiple world champion looked back on his time with the Italian team. After his years at Red Bull Racing, Vettel was keen on success at the legendary racing outfit, but Mercedes’ dominance came in the way of him realizing that dream. “But I don’t regret it. I have not been able to win the championship, but I still fully support my choice at the time,” Vettel said in a conversation with La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“We’ve had both good and bad times, but I’ve mostly just lived in the moment. I was only concerned with the team and the car. In the end, everything comes to an end, and that’s it,” Vettel continued. “Still, I’m not that nostalgic. I don’t like to look back or dream about what has been. I am already working on my new goals.”
When Vettel is asked about his peak at Ferrari, he said: “I always say ‘the best memory must come now’, but in this case, the odds seem pretty slim. So I choose my first victory in Malaysia. That was the best moment, I think. In the end, I could win thirteen times for Ferrari, but the first time remains special. I still remember all the mechanics in red who cheered for me under the podium. It was an emotional moment.”
Vettel is clear about his future: he wants to do everything he can to be able to race in the premier class next year. “I can stop and sit on the couch at home, but I still think Formula 1 is really cool. Other motorsport classes also attract me. I know that I will choose a team that has ambition and perspectives to achieve big goals. I’m not going to sign with a low flyer.”
VETTEL BUYS HIMSELF A RIDE WITH WILLIAMS
If Sebastian Vettel fails to secure a spot on the grid for 2021, he’ll still have the luxury of driving an F1 car next year, and what a legendary machine it will be.
Vettel is a true scholar of the sport, and his keen interest in history has led him to acquire Nigel Mansell’s 1992 championship-winning Williams FW14B, according to a report from Germany’s Bild.
The iconic ‘Red 5″‘ machine, which was last auctioned off by Bonhams in 2019 for an estimated £3 million, was ahead of its time thanks to its sophisticated hydraulic active suspension, a semi-automatic paddle shift gearbox and traction control.
Powered by a 3.5-litre V10 Renault engine, the FW14B was designer Adrian Newey’s first masterpiece and the level of domination the car achieved in 1992 was outstanding.
Mansell went to town with ‘Red 5’, winning nine races out of the the championship’s 16 rounds – a record at the time, while teammate Riccardo Patrese also collected a win.
One can only hope that Vettel will savour at some point the legendary car and not just keep it as a static display in his garage.
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Portugal ||25 Oct|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|