Sebastian Vettel reveals his true feelings on watching Fernando Alonso thrive in Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were rivals back in 2010 and 2012.


Sebastian Vettel reveals his true feelings on watching Fernando Alonso thrive in Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel. Images via Planet Sport & Speedcafe.

Aston Martin has surprised the F1 paddock with their strong results in the 2023 campaign. Fernando Alonso replaced Sebastian Vettel and made his Aston Martin debut in the Bahrain GP.  The 41-year-old shocked everyone with his brilliant drive and secured a podium finish at the season opener, he finished third behind the Red Bull duo. And just like that, three races later, Aston Martin has become one of the top F1 teams in 2023. 

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The team tried to conceal their excitement after the first race as the AMR23’s performance on other tracks was unknown. After the first three rounds, it is safe to say Aston Martin cracked the code. Fernando Alonso finished third in three consecutive races. This is a huge result for the team. It is their best start to an F1 season. Last season, Sebastian Vettel spent all the races battling in the midfield. He left the team after a two-year stint, and now Vettel has opened up on Alonso’s success with the team.

Sebastian Vettel spoke at an event for Bio Bienen Apfel, “I’m happy for him. I think there were actually many years where he didn’t have a good car, and yes, now he’s living that second spring or honeymoon.” This is Fernando Alonso’s most successful start in his Formula 1 career in a number of years. Vettel and Alonso’s had one of the epic battles for the F1 title in 2010 and 2012. Sebastian Vettel, who was with Red Bull, emerged as the winner. 

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Sebastian Vettel does not regret leaving Formula 1

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Sebastian Vettel (Image via Sky Sports)

The four-time world champion competed for Ferrari after his Red Bull era, he then moved to Aston Martin for his final stint in Formula 1. Vettel announced his retirement last season. There are speculations that the 35-year-old regrets his decision to leave Aston Martin because of their successful result this year. However, Sebastian Vettel does not regret his decision. He said, “I think it’s very difficult to know what will happen next year. I don’t regret [leaving F1]. The first thing, of course, is joy, which is more important than anything else.”

Vettel further stated, “I know the team very well from the last few years and I’m happy that they are doing so well. That 2023 was going to be a better year than last season I think was obvious, because last year was pretty bad, so it was expected.” Sebastian Vettel admitted that he knew the 2023 season was going to be better for the team.

Irrespective of Aston Martin’s achievements this season, Vettel revealed he is happy with his decision. He gave serious thought to it before taking action. Aston Martin team principal, Mike Krack had revealed earlier that Vettel contributed to the team’s success. Sebastian Vettel is one of the most talented drivers, and his legacy in Formula 1 will never be forgotten. He continues to be a benchmark for many.

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