Sebastian Vettel ‘in a Happier Place’ as Ferrari Tale Draws to a Close

Published 12/05/2020, 12:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sebastian Vettel has gone through a lot this season. From being axed at Ferrari to signing with Racing Points’ re-incarnation Aston Martin for the next year, it’s been a whirlwind ride for him. A year that saw regression from the team’s and the German’s previous championship levels to midfield strugglers.

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Sebastian Vettel reflects on this season

In the mandatory pre-race driver’s press conference, they asked the German to review the season. It was a childhood dream for him to drive the ‘Prancing Horse’ and win a title with them, and he came erroneously close in 2018.

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However, when his younger teammate Charles Leclerc got the better of him in 2019, the team went in a different direction.

The 4-time World champion was told to pack up his bags and look for a drive elsewhere.

Reflecting on a tough year, he said, “Yeah, myself, I think it has been a very different year. Obviously different circumstances going in. And then I think different circumstances all year round with all the differences this year. I think it’s been a very tough year.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 28, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the garage FIA/Handout via REUTERS

After a tumultuous start to the season, the German is finally finding his feet. He is adapting much better to SF1000 than at the start of the season. He was able to turn around his wretched run with his maiden podium in Turkey.

On what was the reason for his upturn in fortunes, he said, “Probably had a bit of time to adapt to certain things. And yeah, I think where I am now, I am now in a happier place. And I am looking forward to the last two races and then certainly next year.”

Can Vettel get back to his best in 2021?

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing third in the race Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

The former Red Bull driver will certainly drive better than this season. He is not happy with the car balance, which is not inclined towards him.

At Aston Martin next season, they will build the car around his strengths. However, reaching the level of his championship-caliber seasons in the early 2010s is another question.

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Age is no longer on his side with huge doubts around his ability. If he gets anywhere close to his previous levels, he will be a joy to watch.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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