Sebastian Vettel compares F1 to tennis; says he won’t go down a similar path to Roger Federer

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel managed to earn his first podium of the 2021 season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The German has managed to build up his performance ever since he joined the outfit this year after leaving behind Ferrari.

Vettel was given the example of tennis superstar Roger Federer who is still in the game for the sheer joy of it to which he gave a peculiar reply.

What did Vettel say?

Sebastian Vettel on podium in Baku; Source:

“I think we all share love to the sport otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten into this position, so that is something that unites us,” he stated.

“I think then, individual motivations can be different so the nature of why you do it later on in your life career, the reasons behind it might be different.

“But I can only speak for myself. I’m really in it to win. That is where I get the ultimate buzz and that is the sort of meaning for mean.

“Irrespective of that, I still love driving so I think you don’t lose that but I have always loved the competition of it as well, the element of fighting against the others on track, trying to find out who is the better one on the day when it matters etcetera, together working with your team trying to overcome all sorts of obstacles.”

Limited seats in Formula 1

Vettel for Aston Martin; Source:

Vettel goes on to add that the sport of Formula 1 has limited seats and claims that he would move out of the way if he starts to become a hindrance for other drivers.

“If you compare it to other sports, there is a limited amount of seats in F1,” Vettel added.

“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.

“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,” he concluded.

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