A six-year spell at Ferrari finally came at an end for Sebastian Vettel at the end of last season.
The end of this stint was not the most acrimonious and news had recently surfaced about the German auctioning eight road cars, including five Ferraris.
Rumours did the round that he was so unhappy with Ferrari that he wanted to get rid of every article that reminded him of the team. Others believed he only did this to make room for some new Aston Martin cars.
He looked to address these rumours during the launch of Aston Martin’s 2021 challenger.
“The reason for this was to create a bit of space. I’m very busy in my life, so I don’t have the time to enjoy and drive around and do nothing – so no big secrets,” Vettel said.
“I was not happy with the way it went. But I accepted it, lived through it and don’t regret it. Ultimately, I’m really looking forward to this year.”
Vettel said he was confident that he could still challenge for the championship.
“In terms of age I feel like I have it inside of me, but then it depends on the circumstances how things go in the near future,” the 33-year-old said.
“Our unofficial goal is third place and for that we have to be ahead of Ferrari, but for me it is not a personal satisfaction to land in front of them.”
Now with Aston Martin, Vettel will look to put a disappointing 2020 season behind himself. He ended in 13th position in the drivers’ standings.
The fact that Aston Martin will be powered by a Mercedes engine might signal a change in fortunes for him.
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