Sebastian Vettel Reveals ‘Common Passion’ Connects Himself and Lewis Hamilton in F1

Published 05/01/2021, 2:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Over the past decade, F1 has been all about 2 astonishing drivers – Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.


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While Vettel rocketed to four championship titles in four seasons, Hamilton subsequently took over the former’s dominion by overlapping the German’s mountainous record, churning six titles out of just seven seasons. Considering the numbers, one can definitely say that they’ve enjoyed a monumental career in F1 so far.

Interestingly, almost 15 years have gone by, and the two drivers are still a part of the F1 grid. What’s more, the duo has delivered a handful of nail-biting battles against each other, with some turning ugly and threatening to intensify their rivalry as well.


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And despite such on-track clashes, Vettel and Hamilton have managed to sustain their healthy off-track relationship, which has further bolstered in the past couple of seasons.

The Aston Martin driver opened up how that it is the common passion for racing that allows himself and the seven-time world champion tp maintain a strong tie.

Vettel on his relationship with Lewis Hamilton

Speaking to The Guardian, Vettel opened up about his relationship with his long-term racing colleague, Hamilton.

Me and Lewis will always have that history. We have a common passion that connects us,” Vettel said. “Why am I doing it? Because I love it (racing),” he added. “Because I still want to prove to myself that I can do what I want to do, what I used to do, and in a way that I am happy with.”

Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It hasn’t been a straightforward journey in the last couple of seasons for Vettel, having secured a measly 33 points out of the last 19 races.

And yet, the German is showing no signs of taking a break or even opting for retirement. Such has been the amount of passion that is driving the Aston Martin driver.

Vettel wants to be at the front

It has been a tough start for Vettel and his newly formed team, Aston Martin, so far. Considering how their rivals have improvised from last season, things are looking tough for the British team to make a comeback. But, despite such negatives haunting the team’s future, Seb is still keeping his eye on the title.

In the big picture the target is quite clear,” he said. “I want to be at the front of the grid. Because I have been there so many times and I have learned to enjoy it.


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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit before practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Aston Martin will have one golden opportunity heading toward them, which could potentially decide their fate in F1. They need to build a competitive car for the 2022 season, which will witness one of the biggest regulation changes in the sport’s history.

So, how far are Aston Martin going to succeed in this task? Will Vettel finally manage to re-kindle his title spree that once wreaked havoc over the grid in the early 2010s? Only time will tell.


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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.