Sebastian Vettel reflects on his first ever Formula 1 win
Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel completed his final race with Ferrari on Sunday, coming home in 14th place at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The German has agreed to join Aston Martin, who will take over the Racing Point name, for 2021 alongside Lance Stroll.
Vettel’s result was a reflection of his and Ferrari’s misfortunes throughout the whole season, with the Italian outfit still some way off competing at the top of the championship.
However, the 33-year-old admitted after the race that he will miss driving for the iconic Maranello team despite their struggles this year.
“I think [there’s] nothing about today that should get mentioned,” Vettel told Sky Sports when asked for his thoughts on the race, which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. “I think it was quite a poor race from us. But yeah I enjoyed it, especially the beginning, a lot of fights.
“The safety car obviously hurt us when we were most vulnerable with the hard tyres to stay out long. But we tried everything, and for sure it was an emotional day and with the mechanics waving goodbye on the grid I felt there was a different dynamic and tension there.
“I’m sad for the guys, I will miss them, but also obviously I’m happy to embark on a new journey.”
Vettel shared an emotional exchange with members of the Ferrari team via team radio during the cool-down lap, singing a song in Italian to his race engineer that affirmed his love for the Prancing Horse.
The lyrics roughly translate to: “You are the red team, passionate, you’ll never give up.
“My stop is coming, I loved being with you. I felt your magic, an amazing feeling. Guys, thank you for having me, I’ll miss you.
“Greetings to everyone in Maranello, you deserve a mention here. And now I’m going to say goodbye and wish you the best. I wish you happiness, and even more [so], health.”
Vettel won 14 races with Ferrari during his five-year spell with the team, but never achieved the goal of beating a Mercedes, chiefly that of Lewis Hamilton, to the driver’s championship.
Before joining Ferrari he scooped four consecutive title wins with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
Elsewhere on the grid, Sergio Perez was forced to retire from what could have possibly been his final race in Formula One during the early stages of Sunday’s event.
The Mexican, who earned a sensational victory in last week’s Sakhir Grand Prix, is set to leave Racing Point in order to make way for Vettel.
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