“You can have more than 50 wins and be judged average”- Sebastian Vettel on the fallacy of instant hype and rejection in Formula 1 these days.
Sebastian Vettel is among the modern-day greats in Formula 1, with his 53 Grand Prix wins and four world titles in the career spanning over almost 13 years, make him statistically the 4th most successful driver in the history of the sport.
However, with a natural decline in his performances last year, Vettel now often faces harsh judgements; bothered by it, the German pointed out the problem with instant hype and dismissals in F1.
“The evaluations that are made on a rider are now based on the results obtained in the last two Grands Prix – underlined Vettel – you can come out of nowhere and be judged a hero after a couple of good races,” said Vettel to the Motorsport.
“On the contrary, as in my case, you can have more than 50 wins and be judged average. That’s how it goes today,” he added.
People forget the achievements.
Vettel made this statement not only on his personal case but claims to make a general judgement, as he thinks that people forget the achievements of yesterday too quickly.
“I don’t care what people think – he explained – our world always looks ahead, which is positive; you can’t stay still in the past. Otherwise, we would still be here talking about Juan Manuel Fangio as the God of all riders. “.
“I think he was a great, a very special rider, but if we ask a fifteen-year-old who Juan Manuel Fangio is today, I don’t think there will be an answer, and in the end, this is not wrong, in the sense that time passes and will pass again”.
“I am sure that when I say goodbye to Formula 1, I will be forgotten very quickly, and that’s fine with me, I think that’s right – concluded Seb – this is also the reason why I’m not too worried about having to prove something to people, and I concentrate. Only about who I am in front of and about myself “.
“I don’t want to sound selfish or arrogant, but in the end, it’s the team and me. Expanding a bit, there are the people who support me and who have given me a lot in the last ten years, standing by me regardless of the last result.”