Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel insists his “dream” of achieving championship success with the Maranello team overrides any thought of retirement. The four-time Formula One world champion is preparing for his third attempt at dethroning Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in 2019, with this year looking like his best chance yet based on the Scuderia’s pace in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
However, having fallen short twice, partly through errors of his own doing and partly due to strategy errors or reliability issues from Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel might be forgiven for having some doubts as to whether it was worth continuing to try: “Not really or no, the answer is no!” – he told Germany’s Sport Bild – “Because throwing in the towel would mean dropping everything and giving it up. My goal, my dream is to become a Ferrari world champion. It also motivates me that Ferrari is the biggest brand in Formula 1. For me, it would be the ultimate if I could win the world title with Ferrari.” – he admitted.
Now, the four-time champion with Red Bull faces a new challenge up against Charles Leclerc with the feeling that a generational shift is coming to the sport. That being said, Sebastian looks to the past to prove, at 31, he still has “plenty of time” on his side: “I think it’s clear that I’m not in the spring of my career anymore” – he accepted – “On the other hand, looking back, Michael [Schumacher] was even a bit older than me when he won his first title with Ferrari and Lewis is two years older than me. I still have no thoughts of retiring. On the contrary, I’m doing everything to fulfil my dream of the title with Ferrari.”
Having mentioned Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel was finally asked if he would consider a comeback similar to the German legend with Mercedes, with his contract at Ferrari expiring after next season: “No,” he replied. “My goal is to win with Ferrari.”