Sebastian Vettel Explains Why He Won’t Replicate Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 Longevity

Published 06/04/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Sebastian Vettel is 33 years old and hasn’t been able to give a proper fight for the title in recent years. Hence many believe he is staying in F1 just to race, like his former teammate, Kimi Raikkonen.


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However, the German wouldn’t agree with those critics as he has claimed that he is here to win. Vettel hasn’t been able to reach the level of performance that he once used to put forth since his new chapter at Aston Martin started.

However, he believes that he can achieve that with time and is confident after recording a P5 finish at the recent Monaco Grand Prix.


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Sebastian Vettel isn’t interested in replicating Raikkonen in F1 because of the ‘Winning’ factor

At the recent press conference, being asked if he could stay in the sport as long as Kimi, Vettel responded, “Generally I am on the grid to win. Obviously having said that, you know we are currently not in the position to do that.”

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

He added, “But I think the team is all fired up, and the reason I think, why we are he is winning. I don’t if it is a fair comment about Kimi.

“But clearly, every one of us gets in the car. We want to achieve the maximum. I can only speak for myself, certainly what I am after is winning races. I have done that before and it felt good, so that’s what I want to do in the end,” Vettel concluded.

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How does the German feel about Baku?

After an improved performance at Monaco as he qualified 8th on the grid and crossed the line in 5th place, Vettel hopes to bring that level of performance to the streets of Baku in the upcoming weekend.

As quoted from PlanetF1, Vettel said, “You can overtake in Baku, and tyre degradation is much more of a factor, so, while Saturday remains important, finding a good balance for the technical sectors and the high-speed sections, while performing a strong race strategy, will be key to a good result.


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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“We’re coming here off the back of a good weekend in Monaco, and we want to maintain our momentum,” he concluded.

With the Azerbaijan Grand Prix just a few days away, Vettel hopes that he record a similar result for himself and his colleagues at the Silverstone-based team. Do you think after Monaco, the German has improved? Let us know in the comments.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.