Sebastian Vettel is one of the veterans of the sport, as he has been driving at the highest level since the past decade and a half. The German has won four championships, and is currently a part of Aston Martin.
There were doubts cast over Vettel’s future in Formula One, after he was replaced by Carlos Sainz at Ferrari. However, Aston Martin came to his rescue and signed him up for the 2021 season.
The German stated that he does not want to take chances of other talented young drivers, and will step aside if he feels he is no longer dedicated to the sport.
“If you compare it to other sports, there is a limited amount of seats in F1. I think if your heart is not fully in it anymore, for whatever reason, then it is time to step aside and let other kids have their chance,” said Vettel.
“In tennis, you can argue you’re not taking away somebody else’s spot so it is a different ball game but in racing, with only 20 seats available, potentially you are,” he added.
I’m in Formula One to win: Sebastian Vettel
The oldest driver on the grid is Kimi Raikkonen at the age of 41. The former Ferrari driver stated that he treats F1 more like a hobby. However, Sebastian Vettel asserted that he is a part of the sport, because of his desire to win.
“I think we all share love to the sport otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten into this position, so that is something that unites us. I think then, individual motivations can be different so the nature of why you do it later on in your life career, the reasons behind it might be different,” Vettel added.
“But I can only speak for myself. I’m really in it to win. That is where I get the ultimate buzz and that is the sort of meaning for mean,” he added.
“Irrespective of that, I still love driving so I think you don’t lose that but I have always loved the competition of it as well, the element of fighting against the others on track, trying to find out who is the better one on the day when it matters etcetera, together working with your team trying to overcome all sorts of obstacles,” the German continued.