Sotschi (AP) – Sebastian Vettel sees no parallels with Michael Schumacher’s late career stage in his move to future Formula 1 team Aston Martin.
“I don’t think the comparisons get you anywhere. You can’t compare my situation with Michaels at the time,” said the 33-year-old “Sport Bild” driver. The Hessian must leave Ferrari at the end of this season and must then help the Aston Martin factory team start up.
After a four-year hiatus in racing, Schumacher celebrated his Mercedes comeback in 2010 and spent three years building the then-new factory racing team. “First, it was a different time, second, a different team with different requirements,” said Vettel. What’s more, when he was 41 at the time, record champion Schumacher was at a very different age at the start of his time at Mercedes. Vettel emphasized that he was still in the middle of his career.
The four-time world champion announced his switch to Aston Martin two weeks ago. The team stems from the current Racing Point team. But he was still fully focused on Ferrari, Vettel assured. “I’m not yet involved with Racing Point or attending meetings to plan the new car. I can’t do that either,” he said.
Investor Lawrence Stroll convinced him of a future with Aston Martin. “It takes ambition, and it takes goals, and the goals that Lawrence Stroll has coincide with mine. That connects us,” said Vettel. De Heppenheimer warned against too high expectations: “But it is clear that there will not be a big leap forward immediately.”