Sebastian Vettel Reveals His Major Learnings From His Time at Ferrari

Published 12/25/2020, 1:47 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The 2020 season final race at Abu Dhabi saw Sebastian Vettel represent Scuderia Ferrari one last time. The German driver brought down the curtains on his six-year association with the Italian motorsport giants.

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Over the course of slightly more than half a decade, Vettel enjoyed and endured many highs and lows during his time at the team. He has also seen a phase shift in terms of the management and teammates at Ferrari.

Speaking in an interview, Vettel talks about what he learned from his time with the ‘Prancing Horse’, focusing on some very interesting points through his response.

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Sebastian Vettel learned how to throw a party!

Vettel stated, “A little Italian – replies Vettel with a smile -. But I also learned how to throw a party. In general these seasons have taught me a lot, as a driver and also as a man.”

Having shared an association with a legendary team from Italy, that naturally rubbed off onto Vettel as well. The star driver also mentioned that he interacted and learned a lot about the values and culture at Ferrari and Italy overall.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the garage before practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I interacted with many people, with Italian culture. I learned a lot about Ferrari and about Italy as a country, about its value,” answered Vettel. (all quotes translated from Google Translate)

The former Red Bull driver always held a fascination to drive the car for the ‘Red Team’. In 2015, he got the call-up from the famed side, which saw him make one of the more high-profile transfer moves in F1.

An unhappy ending for Vettel at Ferrari

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Up until 2018, Ferrari proved to be quite equivalent to the Mercedes power, with intense battles on the track quite visible. Vettel headlined their title challenge, while also keeping an eye on his results in the Drivers’ Championship.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Since the start of the 2019 season, though, Ferrari did not look their imperious best at all. Adding to their horror, 2020 turned out to be a further massive disappointment.

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Vettel resigned to fighting himself in the midfield battle and saw him riddled with various issues in 2020. But that said, it will not tarnish the good moments and memories he created in his time with this historic team.

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Bhargav Gopal

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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.

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