Ralf Schumacher admits that in the meantime he had doubts whether Sebastian Vettel would continue his career in Formula 1 in 2022 and stay with Aston Martin.
Ralf Schumacher is happy that the future of Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in Formula 1 was finally officially clarified on Thursday: “I’m absolutely delighted that he made this decision, because it is of course important for Formula 1 Germany, and also for Formula 1 as a whole. Losing a personality and a world champion like Sebastian Vettel would certainly have been a shame, “said the six-time Grand Prix winner in an interview with ‘Sky’.
In the past few weeks, various rumors about Vettel have been circulating. Aston Martin originally announced a multi-year contract for the German in 2020 (2021 “and beyond”); However, this was obviously formulated with mutual options, which should have been effective on September 15th.
In the course of the hanging game until the deadline, all sorts of rumors surfaced. At first it was said that team owner Lawrence Stroll had met with Flavio Briatore and talked about a possible engagement from Fernando Alonso. It was later speculated that Vettel might even resign entirely.
“He was very critical of things a few times,” Schumacher observed on Vettel. “We know he’s very interested in the environment, which I think is great. He supports things. And there was always a bit of concern: will he continue or will he not continue?”
“At Zandvoort, he was still in a very bad mood I thought, and he was also very critical of the whole environmental issue in Formula 1 and around it. I was almost worried: ‘Now he’s already so far gone and thinking about everything, and maybe he wants to spend time with his family as well.'”
Schumacher speaks from his own experience when he says: “I know the situation myself, when you sit there and don’t really have fun anymore, but then you also travel, the family is at home, you are alone at the racetrack, then you face yourself at some point the question of meaning. And then I was a little worried about him. “
Ultimately, however, he does not believe that Vettel suffers from serious motivation problems. In races like in Hungary, where he finished second on the podium and almost won (even if he was later disqualified), you can still see “the glow in the eyes. You can already see the Sebastian we know”.