Vettel was meant to follow Michael Schumacher‘s blueprint of bringing in championships for Ferrari. However, for the 2021 season, the Maranello-based team decided to split with the third most successful driver in the history of F1. In a recent interview, Vettel looked back at the time he heard about the news.
The German clarified that Ferrari’s decision was confusing, at the least. “I don’t need to (understand Ferrari’s decision), to be honest, and it doesn’t change anything,” he added.
“I don’t look at it that way. I don’t work that way. It’s fine for me and I completely accept it, and when Mattia told me on the phone, it was clear. It wasn’t like I was trying to fight back or convince him otherwise – not at all,” said the German.
Following the decision, Sebastian Vettel had his worst Formula 1 season. However, the German decided to move on to Aston Martin this season and believes that it is a new opportunity for him to claim another championship.
“I think very much that if one door shuts another one will open, and obviously it took a bit of time and it raised a lot of questions about which door I want to open. It’s not that I had all of the teams of choice, but just in terms of what I want to do – more for the future, if I want to stay in Formula 1 or not.
“But obviously I’ve made my decision and opened the door.”
Sebastian Vettel believes that his time in Formula 1 is not over just yet. The German will drive a Mercedes-powered Aston Martin next season. The British team, in turn, would really benefit from the former champion’s experience.
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