In the season following his exit from Scuderia Ferrari, which took place at the end of 2020, German driver Sebastian Vettel never spoke negatively about his experience alongside the Prancing Horse, despite the fact that he described the separation as “a bit strange” just a few days ago. On the other hand, the German, despite not having been world champion with Scuderia Ferrari, is the third most successful driver at the wheel of the Red car, with 14 race wins, which places him behind only two Maranello icons such as Michael Schumacher (72) and Niki Lauda (15).
Sebastian Vettel was also the last Ferrari driver capable of winning a Formula 1 grand prix, over two years ago, in Singapore, on 22 September 2019. Asked about the advice of a possible future in the historic Italian team for his friend Mick Schumacher, he explained: “I would recommend him to go, absolutely. Even though I didn’t manage to achieve great success there, I still had positive years. And the brand will always be special and I wouldn’t advise against it for the few things that didn’t go so well for me”. The German broadened his range of analysis: “People always tend to see the glass half empty in their memories, I prefer to see it half full and in this sense the positive aspects outweigh the negative ones.” – the former Ferrari driver said.
Sebastian Vettel then spoke about Ferrari Driver Academy Mick Schumacher: “I certainly have a bond with him through Michael. But he comes from an excellent family, he is a very sensitive and well educated young man, ready to go his own way, and he is doing it very well. His work ethic reminds me of his father’s. I sincerely wish him a car with which he can show more next year. But I’m more of a friend to him than a person who has responsibilities towards him. I am always there for my friends and I have no competitive thoughts towards him and I am happy to pass on my experience to him. Even in the team, there is no point in hiding certain things from teammates. I try to look at the big picture and the improvements as a team” – the four-time Formula One world champion said in a recent interview for F1-Insider.