F1 ‘Has Always Been an Expensive Hobby’ – Vettel

Published 06/05/2021, 4:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

Sebastian Vettel is one of the most successful drivers on the current F1 grid. Although he struggled last season with Ferrari and is far from the top with Aston Martin this season, he still has four world titles to his name.


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A career in motorsports isn’t an easy one to pursue, especially if you’re trying to be an F1 driver. Although his F1 career is 15 years old, the German faced difficult times across various points in his journey. The four-time world champion recently spoke about how F1 is an expensive activity while also showing gratitude for the support he received.

Sebastian Vettel believes F1 is an expensive hobby that’s developed wildly


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Formula 1 is one of the most-watched sports on the globe, and also the most-watched motorsport. Although many people dream to race in the highest level of racing in F1, there are only 20 seats up for grabs.

While drivers may have talent, teams also look at potential sponsors that a driver can bring to the team since money plays a big part in succeeding in F1.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Although Vettel has tasted enormous success in F1, the Heppenheim-born driver believes the sport is expensive to get into. He also believes that the sport has developed enormously in recent years.

The German said“It has always been an expensive hobby, but recently it has developed wildly. It’s not going to be too fast either fix, the cost is just too high.” (Translated via Google Translate)


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Vettel grateful for the support he received in his journey to F1

Although F1 is a difficult sport to break into, Vettel made his debut in the sport aged 21. He won his first world title with Red Bull in 2010, making him the youngest world champion to date.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea

Despite F1 being expensive to get into, the German expressed gratitude for the support he received while trying to get into F1. He also compared his situation to his idol, Michael Schumacher.


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“Michael Schumacher needed help, I needed help, about half of the way you made it yourself, after that it got difficult,” said the German. “I was lucky enough to get support.”

Although F1 remains an expensive sport to pursue, the current grid has a lot of young drivers. This gives hope that drivers who are passionate about racing in F1 to give it their best shot. And while the sport continues to reach out to more countries, many challenges remain for young drivers trying to break into F1.


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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.