Sebastian Vettel Reveals When He Would ‘Step Aside & Let Other Kids Have Their Chance’

Published 06/15/2021, 3:00 AM EDT
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


Sebastian Vettel has acknowledged the lack of opportunity that F1 gives compared to other sports. He stated that when a driver no longer has the hunger for winning a Grand Prix, he should step down and let the new blood get a chance to show their talent.

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The grid has already seen what the new kids on the block such as Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc can do. While Max Verstappen winning his first race at just eighteen changed the face of Formula One. Teams are more inclined towards putting their faith in new and young blood now.

Sebastian Vettel believes he will retire when his time comes and  make room for the next rookie

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As quoted from GPFans, Vettel said, “If you compare it to other sports, there is a limited amount of seats in F1. I think if your heart is not fully in it anymore, for whatever reason, then it is time to step aside and let other kids have their chance.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“In tennis, you can argue you’re not taking away somebody else’s spot so it is a different ball game but in racing, with only 20 seats available, potentially you are. Lots of different shoes and everybody is free to do what they will,” Vettel continued.

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The German feels that the economics to get into F1 needs to be changed

The four-time world champion agrees with Lewis Hamilton that it is getting more and more difficult for a kid to join F1. He feels the cost is too high compared to when he first started out and stated kids from humble beginnings need a chance as well.

As quoted from Autosport, Vettel said, “If I were to start over from a working-class family, it would be impossible for me to be here today because the other boys would have a lot more money.”

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

“We have to work to change that and make this an accessible sport, for the rich and for people with more humble origins. There’s not a quick fix, but ultimately, the costs are too high.”

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“In all honesty, if I look back to when I started, costs were lower, but they were still high,” Vettel concluded.

Do you agree with the German that Formula One is becoming inaccessible for kids with talent who have no financial backing? Let us know in the comments below.

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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.

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