After the Eifel Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel spoke about the two-day weekend format, the next races and the 91st victory of Lewis Hamilton …
Sebastian Vettel: “I cannot appreciate the achievement of Lewis, who won the 91st career victory. I was sure that no one would ever be able to catch up with Michael and surpass his record. But this was to be expected from Hamilton.
Michael will always be my hero forever. He had something that I have not seen with other riders. Perhaps the fact is that as a child he was my idol. It wasn’t like that with Lewis because we were rivals. This is a different situation. Perhaps in 15-20 years I will admire more of Hamilton’s achievements. But while I myself am in the race, I am focused on myself and do not pay much attention to others, so I can not appreciate the achievement of Lewis.
Michael is the best I have ever seen. He had talent. It’s difficult to explain, but if you saw him in karting … We took part in the Race of Champions together several times – then I learned a little more about his skill and ability to control the car. From this experience, I can say that he had a natural gift that I have not seen in anyone else. Along with work ethics, his talent was always conspicuous. I have not yet seen anyone who can compare with him.
I had a bad race at the Nurburgring. It would have been difficult anyway, given the start from 11th place. In addition, through my own fault, I got stuck in traffic and could not win back many positions, although the machine allowed me to fight for a higher result.
We will try to earn as many points as possible in the next races – this is the main goal. I have never competed in Portimao and Imola, so I look forward to these races. It is interesting to come to new tracks.
The two-day weekend affected the work of the riders much less than the work of the engineers – they did not have the opportunity to compare different settings and the work of the tires. We were unable to work with new products, focusing on the preparation for the weekend.
In addition, with a two-day format, we lose Saturday evening – between qualifying and the race, the car is in a closed park, which means that the engineers cannot work with it. If Friday trainings are canceled, then there is no point for spectators to come to the track, which means there is less entertainment program. I don’t know what the future holds, but it’s better to cancel the program on Thursday than Friday. ”