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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Vettel hopes career hasn't peaked

Sebastian Vettel. Picture: Steve Crisp/REUTERS
Sebastian Vettel. Picture: Steve Crisp/REUTERS

SEBASTIAN VETTEL is hoping at the age of 26 his life and career have not peaked.

For the first time since winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world title at the end of last month, Vettel returned to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes to thank those behind the scenes who played their part in helping him achieve the feat.

Vettel's arrival, after spending the last two weeks on the road in India and Abu Dhabi, was delayed by almost half an hour due to fog at a nearby private airport.

It is arguably the only time this year the 26-year-old has been held up given his level of domination, a word he has revealed he hates as "it makes things sound easy".

That is despite his runaway success since the summer break, equaling Michael Schumacher's record on Sunday in Abu Dhabi for consecutive wins in one season with seven.

Taking an introspective look at himself, Vettel was asked what makes him stand out, to which he replied: "I'm not thinking I stand out.

"I'm not completely aware of what it means, the achievements over the last couple of years, and I'm happy not to be aware.

"I enjoy racing. When I was a child that was the dream, and it's just a dream to be in Formula One. To be as successful, of course I take it, and it makes me very, very proud.

"But every race, every year is a new challenge, so I'm not lacking any motivation because I know how hard it is to deliver every single time inside the car, to do everything right."

Despite admitting he would always look forward rather than back, Vettel said: "We've had many, many great moments, some very special moments. But I believe the biggest moment in my life is yet to come, otherwise it would be quite sad."

There are many who will doubt Vettel until he joins another team and wins a title there though, and in remaining at Red Bull, the critics remain.

An unconcerned Vettel said: "Even if I go to another team I will still have people who doubt or don't like who I am and what I do et cetera, but it doesn't change much in the end.

"At the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself and right now I can assure you I'm very happy with who I am and what I do."

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