Sebastian Vettel is not one of those people who hide their emotions. It was only this year that the four-time World Champion once again created a controversial moment after the Canadian Grand Prix.
It has happened several times that Vettel became rather conspicuous on the radio, but he sees no problem in that himself.
“These are simply emotions,” explains Vettel in the September issue of “F1 Racing” and adds: “I scream because I’m annoyed at the moment. It’s like I didn’t give the ball enough spin [in tennis]. It goes out and I scream like McEnroe.” Tennis legend John McEnroe was known as a big hothead on the court during his active days.
Vettel believes that you should let the athletes have their emotions – and also question the media. “Today, people are still asking about the problem of aggression after two weeks. When you think about it, it’s quite disrespectful,” he broods and explains: “You’ve had two weeks to come up with something, and that comes to mind? That’s disrespectful.
“I don’t feel personally attacked, but are you serious? Sometimes I don’t understand,” he shrugs his shoulders. Vettel was criticised in 2018 not only for his emotions but also for several mistakes he made last year. “We had – or rather I had – some incidents last year where it didn’t work out for us,” he admits.
“Maybe I didn’t look particularly good there,” Vettel recalls, for example, Hockenheim or Monza 2018. At the end of the year he lost the World Championship fight again against Lewis Hamilton. “Much of it is just risk and racing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. That’s how I see it,” he admits in a very relaxed manner and explains: “I don’t worry about it.
“I didn’t feel that I needed mental help or anything,” he clarifies and explains: “I know what happened in the cockpit. I know what I did. I looked at it. Of course I hope it doesn’t happen to me again. But you have to keep going. What else can you do? He explains: “For me this is racing. As beautiful as it can be, as cruel as it can be sometimes”.
“In a way, it’s been crazy […] five years. A lot has happened, good and bad. Above all, a lot of good things,” he looks back on his time with Ferrari since 2015. This year there were more and more rumours that Vettel could leave the Scuderia – or even Formula 1 -. But he doesn’t want to know anything about that himself. He still loves racing.
“It gives me a lot of adrenaline and makes me nervous when I wake up on Sunday morning. I wake up with a different feeling than on Thursday or Monday,” he reveals and explains: “And I want to be successful. I want this [at Ferrari] to work. I don’t know if I’ll make it. But I want to make it, and that will certainly be my future.”
Vettel keeps stressing that the World Championship title with Ferrari is his big dream. He is unlikely to achieve this goal in 2019 either. But that’s why he doesn’t want to give up. However, his future also depends on “which direction the sport goes in,” he reveals. After the aforementioned race in Canada, Vettel criticised that Formula 1 was on the wrong track.