“I Would Have Liked To Brake First at Hockenheim, but… “- Sebastian Vettel Opens Up on His 2018 F1 Nightmare

Published 08/08/2021, 8:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


Sebastian Vettel has had a tough time in Formula One since mid-2018. The 4-time world champion was the No.1 driver at Ferrari and fighting for the championship against Hamilton in 2018. But a series of mistakes in the latter half of the season meant he lost the title.

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Although the 2021 season has been better for a rejuvenated Vettel, he is still susceptible to make mistakes. He stated how the crash in Germany in 2018 affected his career.

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Sebastian Vettel reminisces about his Hockenheim incident

As reported by Gazzetta. it, Vettel was leading at Hockenheim when the conditions changed. He braked a bit late and went into the wall in his home race.

When asked how he would like to change anything from his Ferrari days, Vettel said, “Not really. Mistakes have been made, on my part and by the team. I have no regrets. Life is like this,” said Vettel. (Translated by Google)

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS

And it would be boring to think we can go back and change the things we don’t like. Because it’s from the things we don’t. we like that we learn. They are the ones that help us grow.

If you ask me, I tell you that yes, I would have liked to brake first at Hockenheim, but from everything that has arisen since that episode, I have learned more than I would have learned if that race I had won it. If it went like this, it is for a reason that will give you the opportunity to do better next time. “ said Sebastian.

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Vettel analyzes his 2021 season with his new team Aston Martin

Vettel joined the newly branded Aston Martin team at the start of the 2021 season. The German had a rocky start with the team, but since Monaco, the 4-time world champion has got his mojo back.

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Vettel, while giving his analysis with Aston Martin, stated that he is more focused on helping the team in constructor’s title. “A mix. We had a difficult start, then things went a bit more in the right direction.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action REUTERS/Florion Goga

Maybe we should have achieved some better results, but I think the regulation changes have affected us more than other teams. We will have to take advantage of the opportunities to score points and fight for fifth place in the constructors,” said Sebastian.

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Can Vettel guide Aston Martin to their first win of the season? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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