He came to the iconic Maranello-based outfit with high aspirations, looking to add to his already impressive resume that boasted of 4 world titles. However, 6 seasons later, he will leave as a shadow of the racer he was.
As a big fan of Ferrari, one would perhaps expect Vettel to be emotional about his exit. But Sebastian said otherwise. Speaking at the drivers’ press conference, ahead of the race in Portugal on the 25th of October, Vettel shed some light on his emotions.
He said, “Not really (there aren’t any emotions bubbling up). Ferrari always had a special place in my head, in my heart. When I grew up, Michael (Schumacher) was my hero, that’s where one part of my passion comes from.
“The second part, obviously, the standing that Ferrari has in Formula 1. Of being the only team that has participated in all the races and so on, so on and so on.
“I think it’s a special brand. I have had the privilege to live through those emotions together with the fans, with the team. But like other things, things come to an end. (Now) I’m very much looking forward to a new chapter that starts next year.
“I don’t think I’m that type of guy that bubbles up at the end and becomes super emotional. (Also) The situation in the team is different now than maybe a year ago.”
Having signed with Aston Martin for the next year, Vettel would hope to regain the form that has completely deserted him in 2020.
His final season with Ferrari has been quite a heartbreaker for both him as well as his fans. Driving a lackluster car, the German has only managed to accumulate 17 points from 11 dismal outings.
With 6 races to go, Vettel is hoping for better performances before he parts ways with the Italian kingpins.
He said, “Before that (chapter) starts, I’ll try to close the chapter here with dignity. (I’ll try) to get myself back together, so I can deliver the sort of performances that I know I can.”
Can the 4-time World Champion get back on track in the dying moments of the season? All will be revealed come the Portuguese Grand Prix.