At a press convention in Sakhir, Sebastian Vettel commented on the upcoming debut in Formulation 1 Mick Schumacher, the short-term transition of George Russell to Mercedes to exchange Lewis Hamilton and the top of his partnership with Ferrari …
Q: What do you consider George Russell’s transfer to Mercedes this weekend?
Sebastian Vettel: I am glad for him, nevertheless it’s a disgrace that Lewis will not be there this weekend. I feel for a lot of causes he will probably be missed. Nevertheless, the primary precedence is his well being and the well being of the folks round him. Given the scenario, that is nice information for George as he will get into the driving seat of a aggressive automotive. I am certain he is wanting ahead to it.
Q: Over the last race in Bahrain, throughout radio conversations with the staff, you have been very sad with the actions of your associate. Did you handle to make clear the scenario?
Sebastian Vettel: Actually, there may be nothing to make clear, as a result of it was a kind of conditions when every part went nicely for one rider, however couldn’t go nicely for each. I made certain that for each of us the race didn’t finish within the first nook, however due to this I misplaced numerous positions. We talked after the end and I feel Charles understands what I imply. There may be nothing extra so as to add to this.
Q: Ferrari is having a troublesome season, but when an space you might do higher?
Sebastian Vettel: I had a troublesome yr wherein lots occurred and the circumstances have been completely different from the same old. I don’t suppose it’s doable to single out anyone space, quite we have to discuss in regards to the image as a complete. Maybe it was doable to adapt to sure issues, however now I’m proud of every part and am wanting ahead to the following two races and, in fact, the following season.
Q: We all know that you just have been a fan of Michael Schumacher. How will you be racing along with his son subsequent yr? Are you prepared to offer some suggestions for a debutant?
Sebastian Vettel: Initially, I want to be aware that I’m nonetheless a fan of Michael. And sure, I will be glad to assist any means I can. Mick is a superb man and I’ve a particular bond along with his dad. It’s a pity that Michael has not seen Mick’s progress in recent times and his transition to Formulation 1. I actually like Mick. We get alongside very nicely, and I am prepared to inform him every part I do know.
Q: Final yr, Mick stated that you just play the identical function for him that his father performed for you previously. Is Mick your good friend, son or another person? What do you count on from him subsequent yr?
Sebastian Vettel: I am flattered by his evaluation. His father has gained extra races than me. As I stated, I am glad to assist. I see a persona in Mika. If I might help him discover the correct path in life or assist him on the observe by speaking in regards to the issues that he went by means of through the years of his profession, I’ll solely be glad.
Nevertheless, it is vital that he finds his personal path, however in fact Michael’s recommendation helped me, and I’m prepared to assist Mik.
Query Sebastian, from the aspect plainly final week you’ve returned to hurry. Has the rostrum in Istanbul helped on this?
Sebastian Vettel: No, I imagine that even earlier than the stage in Istanbul, we confirmed an inclination to a rise in outcomes, however for one motive or one other we didn’t succeed. I’ve already stated that I really feel higher than originally or in the midst of the season, and that’s the reason I’m wanting ahead to the following two races with the intention to convey the individuals who have labored with me in recent times an excellent end result – mechanics, guys in pits, engineers, all these, who works not solely on the observe, but in addition on the base. I hope that within the remaining two races we are able to obtain much more than what we’re able to.
Nevertheless, this will probably be troublesome to do as this observe in all probability doesn’t match our automotive. Nonetheless, we see what number of factors we are able to earn, and I hope to convey the utmost to the staff.
Q: Final week you had questions in regards to the replays of the accident of Roman Grosjean on TV. Have you ever obtained the solutions?
Sebastian Vettel: I feel we must always respect the actual fact that there’s a very thorough investigation of the incident forward. It should take time to get solutions, so there isn’t any level in speeding issues and expressing disappointment. Nevertheless, I imagine that final Sunday confirmed that we’re on reverse sides of the desk.
We, racers, pilot vehicles, we bear dangers, restrictions and so forth. Everybody else who watches races on TV, together with you, generally begins to criticize that races aren’t harmful sufficient and due to this fact not thrilling sufficient. Nevertheless, dangers have at all times been and will probably be, however one can solely welcome their discount.
It’s good to see that efforts are continually being made in direction of this, and such incidents are taken critically and conclusions are drawn. Hopefully, what occurred was a reminder that we aren’t just a few sort of particular person sitting in a automotive. We’re individuals who threat our lives. We’re glad to do that work, as a result of we’re keen about it, however there are at all times dangers, and I need to be handled with nice respect.
Displaying crash repetitions time and again might be not one thing value doing. In fact, everybody noticed that every part was so as with Roman, however this doesn’t change the truth that kids are watching it and so forth. Normally, it was disagreeable to have a look at, particularly if you happen to think about that there’s a particular person within the automotive who’s making an attempt to get out of it.
Query every week after such an accident, the race will probably be held on a brand new high-speed configuration. Would you favor to race on a regular observe?
Sebastian Vettel: I do not suppose it influences something and there may be some reference to Roman’s accident final weekend. It is nice that then purple flags instantly appeared and motion was taken instantly.
Extra precautions have been taken on the observe this week, which might solely be completed in such a short while. Nevertheless, the races right here don’t require us to do one thing supernatural simply due to the completely different observe configuration.
Q: Have you considered what legacy you’ll depart in Ferrari, and the way you may be remembered?
Sebastian Vettel: This isn’t my strategy to work, and I do not actually fear about what they consider me. I don’t imply to sound smug by saying that I don’t care how I’m remembered, however the individuals who know me will bear in mind each the great and the dangerous.
I don’t remorse something, it’s an honor for me to talk for this staff and work with individuals who have such an important ardour for the model and work. I discovered lots, so I am leaving Ferrari to be a greater particular person. Outcomes are just one criterion for analysis. I’ll miss folks, nevertheless it’s good that I will not cease speaking with them – they are going to encompass me, and I can come to them if I need.
For me, folks come first, and due to this fact I do not care how I will probably be remembered. Key folks will stay in my head or, if you happen to like, in my coronary heart, and so they realize it. Subsequently, I don’t suppose I’ve to say or show something.