It should not have been easy, for Sebastian Vettel, deciding to leave Ferrari for a brand new team, even if the times in red were difficult. The Gewrman, however, caught the chance and jumped in this brand new adventure, with the Racing Point team funding with new people and get the team Aston Martin back in F1, after 61 years of waiting.
Even if seeing the German in emerald seems weird as we are not used to it yet, what catches the eye is the glance ha has. After the long and probably exhausting years at Maranello, Vettel seems younger, thrilled and ready to start all over again.
“In the past I raced with four different teams in Formula One – he remembers – and, after all those years, having a new beginning with a brand new team gives me so many emotions.”
The German focuses on his new team and analyses the past of the Racing Point, telling the world what he had been thinking about them before signing the new deal – “As a driver, I kept remaining focused on the competition and what this team could get without having a lot of money always impressed me. This is why, when Lawrence and Otmar contacted me during the last season and after they told me what their plans were on, I felt motivated very soon in joining their team.”
He then talked about his great passion for the history of motorsport and on the importance that a brand like Aston Martin has: “I love the history of motorsport, I know very well that Aston Martin is between the great names of the past. It’s funny how it comes back in F1 after sixty- one years. What I thought about the car? I cannot say anything yeat as I couldn’t drive it yet. I look forward to try it tomorrow or on the next days on the track but it really seems fantastic. About the team, I cannot wait to start working with all the team, composed of a lot of talented people working together, I can contribute with my experience. We love the sport and the challenges and we’ll see what it will happen, I cannot make any promise on the results we can grab. I firmly believe in the brand and in the values behind the brand”
At this point, Sebastian looked at Lance and talked about what kind of relationship he wants to build with his new teammate : “ I cannot wait to work with my new teammate as well. We will certainly do all that we can to take home some good results and have fun.”
The German is totally against sprint races, however. "I don’t know what the thinking is behind it,” Vettel said.
"I don’t like it. Why would you have a pre-final to a final? What’s the point of that? I don’t understand it.
"Obviously if there is a race on Saturday, then I will have to take part because I still want to drive on Sunday, but from my point of view, it makes no sense.”
“You have the grand prix and it has always been around 300km and the main challenge of the weekend."
“I think if you have to introduce something like this, then there is something else that you need to fix other than the format, or another race, or another two minutes, or a Q4 or Q5, or whatever it is."
Vettel seems to have came back to his happy days and certaintly a new beginning was what he needed.