Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has expressed his admiration for rally drivers on the sidelines of the Race of Champions in Sweden, saying they don’t seem to be getting the consideration they deserve.
Vettel began final weekend along with his pal Mick Schumacher at the German Invitational. They raced previous and present World Rally Championship drivers reminiscent of Sebastian Loeb, Thierry Neuville, Petter Solberg and Oliver Solberg.
Vettel mentioned he usually follows the WRC World Rally Championship and marvels at the abilities required in the self-discipline. The 53-time Grand Prix winner retired from Formula 1 at the finish of final season, however mentioned rallying might be one thing he would really like to attempt in the future.
Vettel talks about the chance of a rally
“I actually like rally drivers. I feel it is a fantastic skill,” says Vettel. “It’s only a small glimpse of what it seems like to drive a rally, however I really feel like I’m stepping into with a screwdriver and a hammer, so two instruments, they usually’re the entire toolkit, turns into somebody armed with something. can occur, they’ve the proper instruments.”
“I feel it is a fantastic sport. There’s a component of competitors and talent, however it’s very totally different in plenty of methods,” he explains. “Rallying is a superb sport, nice talent. I feel the drivers are nice, however they do not get the consideration they deserve.”
“As I mentioned, Formula 1 could be very in style, rally sport is in style, possibly in the Nordic nations, however it deserves to be in style throughout the world as a result of the talent is superb. Discipline is a really totally different sport.”
“It can be plenty of work, however you will have to attempt one thing after some time [nicht mehr an Wettkämpfen teilzunehmen] begin to itch… it will be an enormous problem.’
Vettel: “I’m very stunned”
In the snow of Sweden, two Germans misplaced to established rally drivers. In Saturday’s Cup of Nations, Vettel and Schumacher have been crushed in the semi-finals by a star-studded staff of Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovic and Belgian rally star Thierry Neuville, with Schumacher out of the particular person classification in Sunday’s closing. Matthias Ekström, who has achieved some success in rallying alongside two DTM titles.
“Do you observe ferris wheels?” Vettel answered: “Yes, I used to be watching him all the time. “Not in each sector, however often in rallies and phases, and lots of younger folks rise to the prime.”
“I bear in mind the days, sorry Petter [Solberg, bei der Pressekonferenz anwesend]When Petter wins and is aggressive.”
“So, it isn’t like I grew up with rallying, however by some means I’m amazed that you could drive quick, with none curbs or street restrictions, and it would not matter what’s subsequent to you. It would not matter. In anywhere, in any scenario. Yes, I’m very curious about that.”
Former Formula 1 drivers with rally expertise
If Vettel determined to rally in the future, he wouldn’t be the first Formula 1 driver. Kimi Raikkonen, his former Ferrari team-mate, drove 22 WRC races from 2009 to 2011, along with his finest consequence being fifth in the 2010 Rally Turkey.
During his Formula 1 profession, Robert Kubica additionally tried to rally to enhance his abilities, however after a severe accident in the rally in the north of Italy, the Pole was significantly injured, so he had to finish his Formula 1 profession. In 2019, he made a sensational return to the premier class with Williams, however after a tough season, it ended after a yr.