“There is a limited amount of seats in F1” – Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has vowed to retire when he feels he isn’t competitive enough.
Sebastian Vettel is a Formula 1 legend in his own right. After winning four titles with Red Bull, he is currently plying his trade with Aston Martin. When asked how long he wants to race in Formula 1, Vettel had a simple answer – as long as he is competitive enough.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) June 6, 2021
Sebastian Vettel wants more young drivers to make it to F1
The German feels Formula racing is too expensive these days, and wants the sport to do something to make it more accessible for young drivers. He acknowledged the limited seats F1 offers, and the need for older drivers to make way when they feel they are not competitive enough.
“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.
“In tennis, you can argue you’re not taking away somebody else’s spot so it is a different ball game but in racing (F1), with only 20 seats available, potentially you are.”