In just about 3 races’ time, Sebastian Vettel will end his 6-year-long association with Scuderia Ferrari. While it got off to the right start, the end has not exactly been something to savor for the German.
The frustration was somewhat curtailed with a P3 finish in a rain-affected Turkish GP last weekend. But a large part of motivation will be boosted by the fact that he has a new sporting project to look forward to, in Aston Martin F1.
Vettel believes that his intention, at the very least, is to win races and podium finishes with his new team. But he is also experienced and realistic enough that the effects of the change would not become apparent overnight and is a long-term process.
Speaking in an interview, Vettel was quoted as saying, “Absolutely. I believe that the new project offers a lot of opportunities. It is clear that this will not happen overnight.” (translated from Google Translate)
The 33-year-old brings with him a treasure trove of F1 experience and racing acumen, something that only a handful of drivers possess.
And Vettel is keen to harness that knowledge and help Racing Point, as they are currently known, to make greater strides.
“But I believe in a completely different mood, a different goal, to bring the team forward. With the experience I have and with what I can do behind the wheel.” (translated from Google Translate)
Racing Point have already shown to be the favorites in an already intense midfield battle. They have come leaps and bounds from their time as Force India. And are very much the favorites to take home P3 in the Constructors’ standings.
Race wins and podiums have become scarce for Vettel at Ferrari, especially this season. So in that regard, it makes him even hungrier to continue achieving his set objectives.
“Of course my motivation was different 15 years ago, at that time I wanted to win a race, become world champion. Although I was lucky enough to have my wishes come true, this ambition has remained the driving force.
“It’s not about driving, experiencing that special feeling in the car, but also about having success, which is defined by the result,” concluded Vettel (translated from Google Translate)
The 33-year-old driver’s fans will be desperate for him to get back to the front of the grid. And like most instances, Vettel would be up for the challenge with his new team in 2021.