Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel took part in the drivers’ press conference on Thursday. Here are some of the most important comments and impressions from Sebastian:
About title rival Lewis Hamilton’s new deal
“Congrats! I don’t know why it took so long but I think it was pretty clear. No reactions. It’s clear what matters to me and what happens to them [regarding Hamilton and Verstappen’s 2020 deals] doesn’t really matter. I have my place and my mission and that, in all honesty, is all that matters.”
On having more battles with Hamilton over the next few years..
“It’s always great if it’s tight at the top so it’s great if you have six cars fighting for poles and wins. Some years ago we had even more cars on the podium fighting for race wins so that would be great to see the gap closing. Normally that just happens naturally if you just let it be. Until 2021 it should be fairly stable. You want to fight the best and Lewis has been one of the best since he entered Formula 1 so it’s good to be there.”
Sebastian has also defended Hamilton after his “Ferrari tactics” comments from two weeks ago at Silverstone.
“I’m not a big fan of getting more out of it than there seems to be. I think it’s fine. Obviously it was silly to say it but we are racing, we’ve all been there and it’s never great if you are hit without doing anything wrong. It’s also fine to express your opinion even if it’s not right or reasonable. It’s human, so I think it’s fine. It’s two weeks ago, we move on.”
About having Charles Leclerc as a team-mate instead of Kimi Raikkonen
“I don’t know Charles much…I like Kimi, we get along…I think he is great to work with and great for the team.”
On Ferrari and the development of the car
“The team is still improving and still growing. We have a group of very good people, a mix of very good people. Sometimes you have things that work better then expected and things that work less then expected.”