Sebastian Vettel believes F1 needs to be more “accessible” for “people with humble origins”

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel has agreed that Formula 1 is a sport that provides fewer opportunities to newcomers as compared to other sports.

He also mentioned that only when a driver decides to step down from his post will a new driver get a chance to enter the sport.

New drivers like Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc are proof that young blood can be relied upon. As a result, teams are willing to invest in newcomers.

‘If you compare it to other sports’

Sebastian Vettel; Source:

Vettel agrees that as compared to other sports, there are fewer opportunities in F1.

“If you compare it to other sports, there is a limited amount of seats in F1. I think if your heart is not fully in it anymore, for whatever reason, then it is time to step aside and let other kids have their chance,” he said.

“In tennis, you can argue you’re not taking away somebody else’s spot so it is a different ball game but in racing, with only 20 seats available, potentially you are. Lots of different shoes and everybody is free to do what they will,” Vettel continued.

Cost of a seat is too high

Formula 1 is an expensive sport; Source:

The German also agrees with Lewis Hamilton that it is a lot more difficult for a new kid to join Formula 1, especially if they are from humble beginnings.

“If I were to start over from a working-class family, it would be impossible for me to be here today because the other boys would have a lot more money,” Vettel said.

“We have to work to change that and make this an accessible sport, for the rich and for people with more humble origins. There’s not a quick fix, but ultimately, the costs are too high.

“In all honesty, if I look back to when I started, costs were lower, but they were still high,” the four-time world champion concluded.

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