F1: Vettel insists he can win races at Aston Martin
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Sebastien Vettel has been backed to be a bee-keeper when he retires from F1. The German has just signed a new contract with Aston Martin, keeping him with the team for another year.
But his former Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger gave an interesting response when asked what occupation he would like to see the German assume next.
“After his Formula 1 career, I would rather see him in bee-keeping,” the Austrian told Osterreich newspaper.
“I’ve seen that he currently has bee-fever, or that he wants to implement other green ideas.”
His thoughts come after Vettel teamed up with local school children in Austria to create new habitats for bees.
It had been rumoured that the 34-year-old was thinking of retirement at the end of this year, but the four-time champion has decided to carry for for at least one more year.
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“I’m really happy that Sebastian has made this decision, for Formula 1 worldwide,” former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher told Sky Deutschland.
“Losing a personality and a champion like Sebastian Vettel would have been a shame for the whole sport.”
Schumacher admits that, given some of Vettel’s publicly stated opinions and progressive actions in 2021 so far, it seemed like he was thinking about heading to pastures new.
“He has been extremely critical on various points on a number of occasions,” he added.
“We know how much environmental protection is important to him, which I think is great. But at Zandvoort he was in a very bad mood with very critical words on the whole environmental issue in Formula 1.
“I thought ‘Hmm, maybe he wants to spend more time with the family’. I know the feeling myself when you don’t really have fun anymore.
“You’re travelling non-stop, the family is at home, you’re alone at the race track and you start asking yourself questions about the point of it all.”
However, after a decent result in Hungary, Schumacher thinks it lit a fire under under Vettel once again.
“At races like Hungary, which he almost won, you can see the glow in his eyes again,” he said. “That’s the Sebastian Vettel as we know him.”
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The Aston Martin driver spoke glowingly about the influence that F1 legend Michael Schumacher had on his own successful career. The German recalled his memories of his idol in Schumacher’s Netflix documentary delving into his personal life.
“He’s been my idol since I started driving go-karts,” Vettel said. “He’s been a big influence.
“The racing driver Michael Schumacher is my hero, my motivation to win races.”
“The sport fascinates me and I know other racing drivers but there was nobody like him.”
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