Sebastian Vettel Open To Participating In Spec Car Racing Events

October 4, 2020 6:01 pm

Amidst the Formula 1 racing action, something new would always be appreciated. Sebastian Vettel, for example, welcomes the idea of participating in a spec race.

A spec race is an event where all participating drivers race in the same car. Back in 1984, the “Nurburgring Race Of Champions” had hosted greats such as Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna. With all of them driving the Mercedes 190E, it was quite a unique and special event.

The weeks between the races could prove the perfect opportunity to test out a similar concept. It could be a spectacle that raises the commercial value of the sport. Moreover, it’ll also give fans additional opportunities to see their favorite stars in action.

Sebastian Vettel however believes ‘those days are gone’

Despite the feasibility and competitiveness of the idea, the event might not be something all F1 drivers would be up for. And that is what Sebastian Vettel particularly emphasizes on.

Speaking in an interview, Vettel stated, “I think it would be fun. This is a long time ago, but nowadays, we are doing so many F1 races. But it would be nice to do other races as well in other cars.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

“Back then you had much more of a change in terms of drivers driving in Formula 1, Formula 2, anything really, week in, week out.

“Now obviously the level is really, really high, and you focus on one thing. I think for us drivers it would be fun to have the ability to mix and do other cars and other categories as well.

“I can see also then it would take some of your focus away, and then it would start a whole package of arguments. I guess those days are gone.”

Vettel efforts focused on closing out the season with Ferrari

Regardless of what happens, Vettel’s main commitment remains to Formula 1. And specifically, at the moment, with Ferrari. They are currently languishing in 6th in the Constructors’ Standings.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He has not endured enjoyable outings in recent times. But the chance for him to showcase his skill in front of a German crowd will surely be an added motivation for him.

Bhargav Gopal

Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune. Bhargav is quite a genius in his field, having won the All-India Marketing Case Study Competition 2015. He also loves to combine his love for marketing and sports by taking part in competitions like Knockout: Sports Marketing Case Study by IIM Ahmedabad.

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