Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has opened up on his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton ahead of the German Grand Prix this weekend. The Maranello team’s driver currently leads Lewis Hamilton by eight points in the Drivers’ Championship and is desperate to increase the gap in Hockenheim.
Hamilton has today penned a two-year contract extension with Mercedes meaning his rivalry with Ferrari will continue until 2021. And Sebastian Vettel was happy to see the Brit extend his stay in Formula One and he is excited to continue battling for more world championships: “Yeah, if the result is the other way around I’ll look forward to that! I think any battle is good. You want to fight the best. Lewis has been one of the best since he entered Formula One, so it’s nice to keep the battle.” – he explained.
Formula One chiefs are considering making vast changes to the sport in 2021 and Vettel is unsure about his future beyond the current deal: “I don’t know, for 2019 we have a small change and then for 2021. But until then it should be fairly stable. We’ll see what happens in 2021, but that’s quite far away. But in general it’s always exciting as a driver if you can fight for points, if you can fight for podiums, and then fight for wins.”
Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, 38, could retire at the end of the season. And he would be open to Sauber’s Charles Leclerc replacing the Finn: “I like Kimi, I’d be happy to continue like that but it’s not up to me to decide. I think Charles, one way or the other, will have a great career, he’s a great guy, he’s fast, he’s got everything. So yeah, definitely there’s no need to rush. He’s young. But when you’re young you’re always in a rush with everything. I don’t know when or what and ultimately who, but yeah, as I said it doesn’t really mater to me, for me it’s clear where I’m next year. I think both of them would suit the team.” – Seb concluded.