F1: Sebastian Vettel says ‘it’s not the sport I fell in love with’

Sebastian Vettel was scored second in Canada.

Sebastian Vettel said, “it’s not the sport that I fell in love with when I was watching” after being hit with a five-second penalty and two penalty points in Sunday’s F1 Canadian Grand Prix resulting in the victory being snatched from him.

At the end of a week which saw rumors that the German four-time champion is considering retirement at the end of the season, Vettel gave an emotional speech in the post-race press conference, saying that he has essentially fallen out of love with the sport that transformed him from a no one into a household world-beating name.

“I was just thinking that I really love my racing,” said Vettel. “I’m a purist and I love going back and looking at the old times, the old cars, the old drivers. It’s an honor when you have the chance to meet them and talk to them. They’re heroes in a way.


“So, I really love that, but I really wish that I just was maybe being as good as I am, doing what I do in their time rather than today.

“I think, it’s not just about that decision today. There’s other decisions and, just hearing the wording when people come on the radio, we now have sort of an official language that I think is all wrong.

“We should be able to say what we think but we are not so in this regard I think I disagree with where the sport is now. You know, you have all this wording like ‘I gained an advantage’, ‘I didn’t gain an advantage’, ‘I avoided a collision’, all this – I just think it’s wrong.

“It’s not really (about) what we’re doing in the car. It’s racing, it’s common sense. If there’s a hazard on track then you slow down because it’s quite unnatural to keep the pedal to the floor and run into the car and say that a car was there.

“So, I think Lewis, obviously as I said, I rejoined the track and Lewis had to react. I don’t know how close it was or how close he was. Once I looked in the mirrors he was sort of there but, for me that’s racing and I think a lot of the people I just mentioned earlier, the old Formula One drivers and people in the grandstands, would agree that this is just part of racing, but nowadays I don’t like it.

“We just sound a bit like lawyers and using the official language and I think it just gives no edge to people and to the sport and ultimately, it’s not the sport that I fell in love with when I was watching.”


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