Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel revealed that he wanted to do more off-road racing, saying he had a blast doing it this year. 

Vettel took part in some intense snow driving at the weekend. He took part in this year’s Race of Champions in Sweden, and made it to the final of the solo championship. 

There, he was beaten 3-1 by nine-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb. Although he returned home without any trophies, he had a lot of fun competing.

Vettel revealed that he wanted to do more off-road racing, and hailed the branch of the sport for its various amazing quirks. 

“Obviously, you saw I’m still missing a little bit,” he told The Race on Sunday at Pite Havsbad on the frozen Baltic coast, as quoted by f1i.com.

“But I think I enjoy it a lot. I always enjoyed watching what they are doing. It is a different discipline – you’re still having fun with a car, but it’s just there are a lot of differences.

“Normally when the car steps out you correct it immediately and you’ve lost a bit of time. Here I think there’s much more grey. You are sideways, maybe the timing’s a little bit off, but you can correct it.

Sebastian Vettel at the ROC Sweden - February 2022
Vettel (pictured) enjoyed his time driving in the ice. Source: ROC

“You need to get into that really small window to be perfect, and you saw the difference! But it’s definitely something I enjoy.”

Full of praise

“The sport progresses and there’s more to it than just driving, which is also a challenge,” the German explained. 

“For sure, it’s not easy to just jump into it and be very good at it. It’s fascinating. We have a chat also over lunch to understand a little bit more, it’s not just you’re in the car and you’re driving.

“Very much like Formula 1 or any category, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes. Doing your pace notes, getting all the information you can, the same with us preparing the (F1) race and the analysis after.

“You need the time and experience. But if someone is willing to give me a shot and a chance and has a lot of time, I’m happy to look at it!” he concluded. 

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