Vettel: ‘Some races are boring, so what?’

Date published: December 11 2017

Sebastian Vettel is hoping that “everybody calms down” when a boring race comes along and people just look forward to the next one instead.

The new aerodynamic regulations for 2017 raised concerns about overtaking and they were proven to be correct when Pirelli revealed that there was a 49 per cent drop in overtakes – 866 to 435 – when compared to the 2016 season.

Vettel was asked by Autosport what his wishes were for 2018 and first on the list is a change in attitude when a boring race happens.

“Wishes for next year is that everybody calms down,” said Vettel.

“Some races are boring, so what? I don’t see the problem in that.

“I don’t think we need another record, another record every race, to have more overtaking and more overtaking.

“It’s true that [difficulty in] overtaking sometimes, especially if you’re behind and you’re fast and you can’t get past for those reasons, it annoys you.

“But then again if you make the move there is a massive reward inside the car, sometimes out of the car.

“What I want to say is that overtaking should be an achievement and not handed to you.

“Sometimes just relax and calm down and accept a boring race or a boring two races in a row and then there will be another great race after that and another one.”

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton wants to see changes so that drivers can get closer to each other rather being trapped in dirty air.

“On the racing side, I hope moving forwards, overtaking gets easier,” he said.

“Not easier, but being able to follow each other is really what the sport needs.

“The more overtaking the more fun it is for people to watch.”

Hamilton: Vettel came under ‘extreme pressure’

Date published: December 10 2017

Lewis Hamilton felt that Sebastian Vettel’s demise in 2017 came because he was under “extreme pressure” and is “not afraid” of a potential fightback next season.

Vettel had the World Championship lead going into the summer break, but a series of events which were partly Vettel’s fault and partly the team’s fault, meant that Hamilton and Mercedes were able to land the double once again.

But Hamilton believes Vettel was tested like he never has been before and ultimately it became too much to handle.

“Seb showed more nerves this season than before,” Hamilton told Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper.

“None of us are superman, and everyone can fail under extreme pressure.”

“Some reached that point sooner, others later. It’s like tennis. If Federer plays against Nadal, one waits for a small weakness in the other, because half a percent is enough.”

Hamilton acknowledged that Vettel has responded well since the title slipped away and knows that his own performance has slipped, too.

But the Brit is ready to go to into battle with his fellow four-time World Champion next year.

“You saw it at the end of the season,” he added. “Suddenly I had no more pressure and was not very good. I compare this season with a 100 sprint by Usain Bolt.

“He often gets a bad start but then he comes back.

“I’m assuming that he [Vettel] recovers his strength for next year, but I’m not afraid.”

Vettel: Formula E is ‘not the future’

Date published: December 9 2017

Sebastian Vettel has dismissed the potential of Formula E becoming the future of motorsport despite the increasing presence of big-name manufacturers.

Formula E, which has just began its fourth campaign, will welcome BMW to the sport next year, with Mercedes and Porsche joining the year after, but Vettel cannot see the all-electric series becoming a threat to Formula 1.

“To me, this is not the future,” Vettel told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

“E-mobility is currently very popular in the world, but anyone who is honest and identifies with motor racing does not think much of Formula E.

“The cars are not very fast and many drivers who drive there tell me that the driving is not very exciting.”

Vettel hoping to be ‘a bit wiser’ in 2018

Date published: December 8 2017

Sebastian Vettel is hoping to work on his flaws and stay cool under pressure as he prepares to mount another title challenge next season.

Reliability was partially to blame for Ferrari’s implosion, but Vettel’s mentality and decision-making process also contributed to the titles eventually swinging the way of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

His clash with Hamilton in Baku proved to be one of the defining moments of the season, and Vettel is wanting to make sure that he does not get involved in these high-profile incidents in the future.

“Yes, definitely,” Vettel said when asked at the FIA Hall of Fame event in Paris whether he enjoyed battling with Hamilton.

“There is no doubt about his skill and his speed. He’s very quick and he doesn’t do many mistakes.

“Jacques [Villeneuve] said [Michael] Schumacher was the best one and the hardest one to fight against.

“It’s exactly that, if you fight against the best, it elevates you onto the next level.

“A lot of the things that I did back then, they were right, but today thinking a bit different or just a bit wiser, I hope so, to allow me to do better.”

Vettel: Kubica comeback a pity for young drivers

Date published: December 6 2017

Although Sebastian Vettel feels for Robert Kubica, he reckons the Polish driver’s return would be a “pity for younger drivers” as he’d take away their opportunity.

With Felipe Massa once again hanging up his helmet, Williams are searching for a new team-mate for Lance Stroll.

Kubica is leading the running and recently tested with the team at the post-Abu Dhabi GP outing.

But while many are wanting Williams to sign the 32-year-old, who last raced in 2010 before a rally crash left him with severe arm injuries, Vettel has questioned his return.

The Ferrari driver told Blick: “I think it’s very tragic what happened to him back then, he was considered a future champion.

“However, I do not understand why he is now pushing for a comeback. Why did he not do this earlier?

“For him it would certainly be a nice story, [but] on the other hand, it would be a pity for younger drivers, from whom he would take away a race-seat.”

Vettel: No concrete retirement plans

Date published: December 5 2017

Sebastian Vettel says he has “no concrete answer” to the retirement question after main rival Lewis Hamilton admitted he does think about it.

Last year Nico Rosberg walked away from Formula 1 days after winning his first World title which resulted in his former team-mate Hamilton being dogged by questions about his own future in the sport.

The Mercedes driver, who beat Vettel to this year’s World title, admits it is something he considers as there are things he wants to do outside of F1.

That of course has now led to questions about Vettel’s future.

The German, though, says he has no plans to retire just yet but will walk away when he is no longer enjoying himself out on track.

“There is no concrete answer,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.

“The moment in which I no longer have fun (is when I will leave).

“That’s because there are many drivers who would still be having fun and would need a seat.”

Vettel ‘not looking forward’ to Halo

Date published: December 2 2017

Sebastian Vettel may not be “looking forward” to racing with the Halo next season, but says the Formula 1 drivers will adapt.

As of next year’s championship, all Formula 1 cars must be fitted with Halo, a cockpit protection device.

It has divided the paddock and fans alike as while some are supporting it, others feel it ruins the notion of open cockpit racing.

The drivers, though, don’t have a choice with Vettel saying they will get used to it sooner or later.

“I’m not looking forward to it, but it’s part of the game,” said the Ferrari driver. “I’m sure we’ll get used to it.

“I’ve tried now a couple of times, for sure some things need to change, like the start lights on the grid.

“You need to play around a little bit – but I think we will when we get to next year’s cars.

“But yeah it’s in the front of your face, in front of your helmet – you get used to it, though.

“What you need to see, you can still see, otherwise we wouldn’t introduce it.”