Fernando Alonso has inherited the steering wheel from a driver who was his greatest rival for almost five years, Sebastian Vettel. The German announced his retirement at the end of the 2022 World Cup, so Aston Martin immediately got to work looking for a replacement, and hit the nail on the head with the Asturian. Now, one year after his signing by the British team, the four-time world champion has surrendered to him for his recent exploits in the current Formula 1 world championship.
Vettel assures that he feels calmer having gotten out of a car that has begun to win, since if the results were different, “it would have been easier” to miss driving in his last team. “The first few months have gone by quickly and it has been nice to be able to enjoy the freedom and organize my time. The first reaction of many people was to wonder if they would be frustrated to see Aston Martin doing so well this year. Maybe it would have been easier if the car was bad, it was clear that I was not going to miss anything, but I am happy for the team, “he said.
Not content with praising the British, he also praised Fernando Alonso, for whom he shows great admiration. «I am also happy for Alonso. He had been without a car for many years with which he could show his abilities. He now he can and is up there. Red Bull is the one that is dominating and I still have a lot of friends and close people there. I am very happy when they win, “continued Vettel, who also remembered the team with which he reigned for four years in Formula 1, Red Bull.
“Several factors came into play in my decision not to continue. I didn’t want to stop because I didn’t enjoy racing anymore or because I was slow, but because of time. There are too many races and a lot of effort that has to be put in to do everything right. I love driving, the competition and those qualifying laps and those hand-to-hand fights is what I miss the most », Vettel commented a year after his retirement in an interview with The Red Bulletin.
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