Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been a much-talked about figure in the past few days. To be precise, the main subject has been his future in Formula One. Especially considering that he has not been performing up to standard, many believe that he may hang up his boots.
However, the German driver has shut down any talks of him walking away from the sport. Currently, Sebastian Vettel has been made to work even harder than usual, courtesy his teammate, Charles LeClerc.
Things did not bode well for the Ferrari driver as he finished in 5th at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France, behind his teammate. To make matters even worse, Sebastian Vettel was robbed of a well-deserved win due to a controversial 5-second time penalty in Canada.
Speaking to the media ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel insists that he has not lost his love for driving. In other words, fans can expect him to still grace the grid with his presence next year.
Vettel said: “Well if I was to always give an answer to everybody’s speculation then I will be in the seat for a lot longer than I anyway want to be! I’m here. I love racing.”
“I think the cars are great fun to drive, they’re very fast – the fastest we’ve ever had. Can we do better? I think yes. Is it up to me? Fortunately not.”
“But, as I said before, we’ll see what the future brings. But I’m here now and as far as I know I’ll be here next year, so I’m not thinking about that.”
Also, after Canada, an obviously upset Vettel declared that it was not the sport that he ‘fell in love with’. Naturally, this also added fuel to the fire raging about a potential retirement from Formula One.
However, he was quick to clarify his comments, Sebastian Vettel said, “I said it’s not the sport that I fell in love with. Particularly to answer that, it’s as a child I think you fall in love with the cars and the drivers – not literally but… even though I had posters of Michael in my room! – but you had the admiration for what these drivers do, the cars and how fast they go and so on.
“As a child you’re very pure, you’re not thinking about rules. I was never interested if they were overweight or underweight or legal or illegal, it didn’t matter as a child I just loved to see them racing. I think that’s what I tried to express.”