Sebastian Vettel asks if F1 still excites Lewis Hamilton, given the latest results

“Are you excited to finish eighth, 12th or 13th? No, it’s not when you know you’ve been first so many times – and in Luis’ case more than anyone else”; watch the F1 season continue throughout the weekend, live on Sky Sports F1 in Baku; the lighting is at 12 o’clock on Sunday

Last updated: 09/06/22 13:55


Sebastian Vettel also wondered if Lewis Hamilton was as “hot” as George Russell.

Sebastian Vettel has questioned whether Lewis Hamilton is still excited about Formula One after a drop in the seven-time world champion’s results.

Aston Martin Vettel also admitted that he was afraid of the prospect of retiring from the sport and believes that Formula 1 “lacks” the experience of former race director Michael Massi.

Hamilton arrives in Baku with 75 points – the equivalent of three races – ousting World Cup leader Max Verstappen after finishing just one podium in the first seven rounds, with Mercedes failing to beat Red Bull and Ferrari.

Before the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan this weekend, take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the competitions in Baku

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Before the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan this weekend, take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the competitions in Baku

“When you get to know the sport the way Lewis and I did, winning and being on top is what you’re aiming for,” said Vettel, who won four consecutive Red Bull titles between 2010 and 2013.

“Are you excited to finish eighth, 12th or 13th?” No, it’s not when you know you’ve been first so many times – and in Louis’s case more than anyone.

“George (Russell) enters. He spent three years at Williams, suffering in the back of the pitch, scoring the odd point, and then suddenly he was eighth or 12th and life was amazing for him.

“Everyone is different, but you have to be fair on the outside and say, look, will Louis naturally be as enthusiastic about finishing eighth as George is?” No, and I would be surprised if that was the case.

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Lewis Hamilton had a bit of a disappointing race in Monaco

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George Russell is 34 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton and has beaten him in six consecutive races. The deficit comes down to “bad luck”, as Hamilton and Mercedes say?

The FIA ​​recently underwent an investigation into how it handled the delayed Monaco Grand Prix.

This season, Eduardo Freitas and Nils Vitich are the only two nominated racing directors. They were appointed to replace Massi after reviewing the controversial final of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi.

Vettel, director of the Grand Prix Pilots Association, added: “What we lack now is the experience that Michael had and brought to work because he did it for so long and grew up with it.

“This is not an easy position now, because there is more focus and more light on what is happening in the control of the competition.

“But I hope things calm down and we find a way to work together, as in the pilots and the FIA. You can’t make everyone happy, but we must try to make both sides happier.”

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Vettel completed Hamilton’s runner-up in 2017 and 2018, before being rejected by Ferrari and then signing with Aston Martin in 2020.

The 34-year-old German was 12th in the standings last year, scoring just five points this season.

It’s been almost three years since Vettel took the last of his 53 victories – a result that puts him behind only Hamilton and Michael Schumacher in the list of winners in Formula 1. He says his future in jail depends on whether Aston Martin’s condition improves and recognizes that the thought of retirement is scary

“Yes [it is]”Vettel said.” I’ve been racing all my life, and that gives you confidence in the schedule of other people.

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“I don’t know what life looks like after Formula 1 and I don’t think any athlete knows what the next life looks like. You may have certain things, but you don’t know, and that’s the truth.

“I don’t expect to find something I’m really good at tomorrow because I’ve found something in my life that I’m really good at and it’s hard to find again. How many times can you win the lottery?

“I like to drive a car, but there are other things I don’t like. After so many years, the usual things that you don’t understand at first, such as travel, appear. It takes a long time and I have children at home and family, so it is equal to time away from them.

“The future depends on this year and the competitions ahead of me. I haven’t decided yet. Summer is the usual time when you start talking, so we’ll see.”

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