Sebastian Vettel Throws Shade at Ferrari During Aston Martin Car Launch

Published 03/05/2021, 5:13 AM EST
SUZUKA, JAPAN – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel spoke glowingly about his new team, Aston Martin F1, during the car launch a few days ago. However, whilst praising his new outfit, he also threw some shade at his former employers, Ferrari.


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Vettel had linked up with the Maranello-based outfit after winning 4 titles at Red Bull. His dream was to add to his trophy cabinet with the storied Italian team. But that really didn’t come to fruition as a 5th drivers’ title perennially evaded him.

More often than not, the cars weren’t able to measure up to the big guns. But things hit a new low last year as Sebastian struggled in the lackluster SF1000 where he only managed to notch 33 points.


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It looked as though the Prancing Horse had bigger priorities than the car. And this was hinted at by Vettel.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari prepares to drive. F1 Grand Prix of Hungary. Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Speaking about the differences in his new environment, the German said, “The team is still growing and things are different here.

“It is not about the fancy looks or the expensive, designer chairs in the office but more about the work done behind the scenes and from what I have seen the people are very capable and very talented.

“It’s the first time in the last one or two years that they are getting the oxygen to breathe.”

The ex-Red Bull star is highly motivated to jump in the cockpit of the AMR21 to begin a new chapter of his career on the tracks. He believes his F1 career is far from over.

Sebastian Vettel claims he can win another World Championship

After his horrendous campaign last year, Sebastian gained a number of critics who claimed that his time in the sport was done. But Vettel doesn’t think so.

He said, “It’s not a secret that at stages last year I was not at my happiest, I know it wasn’t to my standards but I am very much at peace with it.


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HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY. Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari celebrates on the podium. F1 Grand Prix of Germany. Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“I think I have another world championship in me. It has been in me before and it was a big relief winning the first one and knowing you can do it. Since then, I don’t see why it is not there anymore. I am not too old and I still have a long time in me.”

A title charge seems highly unlikely this year, but even his rival Lewis Hamilton backs the Vettel of old to rise from the ashes. Only time will tell what Sebastian can accomplish with the Silverstone-based outfit.


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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.