Vettel: In the fight on the highway I can beat MercedesMay 5, 2019
At this stage of the season, press interest in Sebastian Vettel increased, although the reason for this is rather that, to the disappointment of the fans, the German racer Ferrari is not very convincing. On his account, two podiums in four Grand Prix, but from the championship leader, Valtteri Bottas, he is already 35 points behind, occupying only the third line of the individual standings.
In a detailed interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, the four-time world champion talked not only about racing topics. Here, for example, what he said, answering the question about the people to which he treats with particular respect for their achievements in a particular area.
“People deserve respect for their affairs, their achievements evoke respect, but their human qualities often remain behind the scenes,” said Vettel. – I met with many celebrities, and in some cases, closer acquaintance with them turned into disappointment, in others – no.
For example, my respect for Paul McCartney and Rafael Nadal only grew after a personal acquaintance with them. I always liked Nadal, he is very passionate about his work and is well prepared physically, but despite all his fame, he remains a normal guy, honest to himself. He does not pretend, and for this I respect him very much.
In Formula 1, deep mutual respect binds me to Lewis Hamilton. Although in private we are very different people, and we have little in common, but we know each other well. This does not mean that I do not respect other racers, but Lewis is a special case, and it is important to understand. Again, this does not mean that I am happy when I cross the finish line behind him.
But if victory does not come to me, but to someone else, this should also be treated with respect: we spend too much time on all sorts of complaints and complaints, and rarely give compliments. If we talk about Formula 1, then there are generally rarely words of admiration for someone else’s achievements. We live with such speed that we have no time to indulge in thoughts and delights. Everything is very quickly forgotten.
When I was just starting my career, I felt great respect for my rivals, just when I saw their names – Alonso, Raikkonen, Schumacher. It was not some kind of trembling or awe, but I was proud if I managed to get ahead of them. I dreamed of becoming a world champion, and when I won the first title, I felt a real relief. Subsequent victories in the championship helped get rid of the pressure, but this does not mean that today I have less motivation than then. “
Now everyone is very interested in how the relationship develops between Vettel and Charles Leclaire, his new partner for Ferrari, who already demonstrates the qualities of a future champion. Sebastian has the answer to this question: “I think that we have a good team, we work together hard, doing fine-tuning the machine, and we both have one goal – to become a world champion driving a Ferrari.
But some of us will not succeed, so we must remember the words of Enzo Ferrari, who said that no single person can be more important than Ferrari. If you compete in Formula 1, you must be ready for defeat.
When the hybrid era began, the superiority of Mercedes was fully manifested, and so it was in 2017, and in 2018, when we were not strong enough. We fought, but in the end we had to admit that the game was over – I hate these feelings.
At the beginning of this season, Mercedes won four victories in four races, brilliantly realizing their advantage, but I am sure that I will be able to beat them in the confrontation on the track. I understand the impatience of fans of Ferrari, but do not pay attention to what the press writes.
I know that there are a lot of different stories that are not true, and there are too many rumors going around, but I am not interested. When they concern me personally, it makes no difference to me, but if they affect the team, then I will interfere.
1400 people work for us, and I don’t want any unreasonable headlines to have a negative impact on the atmosphere in the team. I want us to have the opportunity to calmly concentrate on work, and I will never criticize the decisions of the team, even if they are wrong, because I want to understand their reasons … ”
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