Portimão (dpa) – Actually, Sebastian Vettel was only worse off in 2007.
It was the year when the Hessian with the villainous smile only started mid-season, made his Formula 1 debut as a replacement driver for BMW-Sauber in Canada and then started for Toro Rosso. In the end it became 14th, Vettel got six points according to the calculation at the time. According to today’s standings, it would have been 16 of the eight races. The results for 2020: 17 points from eleven races, 13th place in the standings.
A four-time world champion and 53-time Grand Prix winner who has just won one race in more than two years since his success at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of August 2018 (Singapore 2019): 2020 is the low point – not just in the failed Ferrari era races, but in Vettel’s entire Formula 1 career. “Obviously, it’s going to be a slightly different love story when you go into a season and know you’re breaking up,” Vettel said in Portimão. Ferrari had decided to end the relationship and informed Vettel about this in their sixth year together.
What followed is not over yet. A painful series of failures and sporting setbacks. Teammate Charles Leclerc, 23 years old and from the start of his commitment to the declared future of Scuderia, is five places better, scoring 46 points more than Vettel for the premiere of the motorsport premier class in Portimão next Sunday (2.10 p.m. CET / Sky and RTL)).
Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart recently advised Vettel to stop. The Scot, who walks around the paddock in his Caro pattern outfit at the age of 81 in non-Corona times, spoke of Vettel’s “wonderful career”. “But personally I would like to see him step down and do what I do.”
Vettel will remain in the cockpit at the age of 33 and will compete for the future Aston Martin team from 2021. Before one chapter starts again, he wants to try to overcome the obstacles in the old and close it “with dignity.” Vettel continues to speak of a privilege to drive for Ferrari. Because his great idol and his mate and advisor Michael Schumacher once drove for Scuderia and the team has always been represented in Formula 1, Ferrari has always had a special place in his mind and heart.
Vettel doesn’t sound melancholy: pragmatic neutrality after the pain of divorce. He has had the great emotions with Ferrari behind him, at the third race in Italy in a year with the Formula 1 return to Imola a week after the Grand Prix in Portugal, because it was there during his Formula 1 career. no race. Then we drive in Turkey, twice in Bahrain and in Abu Dhabi. And then Vettel’s Ferrari days are over: “I don’t think I’m the type of person who ends up gushing everything out and everything gets super emotional.”