Sebastian Vettel hasn’t started as strong as he had hoped.
Sebastian Vettel hasn’t started as strong as he had hoped.

‘Don’t care’: Vettel’s surprising admission

Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed he doesn't want a legacy when he hangs up his helmet at the end of his career.

Vettel won four straight championships between 2010 and 2013 when he was at Red Bull before jumping ship to Ferrari in 2015.

He's been pushing for a fifth in recent seasons but has continuously come up just short, especially the last two years where he has been second to Hamilton.

But despite being one of the group of five drivers in F1 history to have claimed four championships or more - a list that includes Hamilton, Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher - Vettel told Sky Sports' F1 analyst Martin Brundle "I don't need to be remembered".

Brundle had asked Vettel about his legacy, but despite sitting in the elite group of the sport's history he expects to be forgotten.

"I don't care - I don't need a legacy," the German star said.

"I think, especially nowadays, the world is moving so fast - I don't think it will be remembered. I'm not sad about it, it's good to move on.

"As much as I love tradition, and I'm a traditionalist, I'm against being stuck in a moment, or era. I think it's good to go on, it's good to go forward, we have to.

"I hope that when I'm older, I hope that I'm progressive - moving forward and not looking back. I think it's nice to look back on a career, but it's not the point of our lives, I guess. It's much more about looking forward."

Sebastian Vettel likes it when things are running his way. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty
Sebastian Vettel likes it when things are running his way. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty

More surprising about Vettel's admission is that he is still confident of a championship win in the iconic red of Ferrari.

The 31-year-old is looking to snap a now 12-year drought between wins for Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen the last championship winner for the team, in 2007.

After strong testing form, Ferrari were expected to dominate in 2019 but Mercedes responded with four straight 1-2's, seeing Vettel behind Hamilton in third place in the series by 34 points after four races.

With a long way to go in the series, Vettel isn't ready to concede this year's championship.

"I think speed will decide - in the first three races on average they had more speed," Vettel said.

"In Bahrain we were slightly in front. It was best race for us with Charles (Leclerc) not retiring but not being able to finish where he deserved to, myself not getting the result I could have.

"The other two races, we have to accept we weren't quick enough but then everybody here doesn't accept it and we're doing everything we can to turn it around and I think that will decide if we have the speed or not."

But Vettel agrees he's achieved a lot in his career.

In 223 races, he's claimed 52 wins and will take his place among the greats of the sport.

"I never imagined, I don't think you can even dream that big to have achieved so much but as always, it doesn't stop there, you want more," he said. "In this regard, I am greedy and I want more. I want to win with Ferrari and win the championship."

Vettel wants to be higher than third on the podium.
Vettel wants to be higher than third on the podium.

Despite being desperate for a drought-breaking championship win with Ferrari, he insisted he wouldn't trade any of his titles with Red Bull for one at Ferrari, where he would become the 10th Ferrari champion of all time.

"Maybe I'm a bad dealer but I wouldn't because I'm convinced I can win with Ferrari," he said after being asked the hypothetical. "No need to trade."

"Nine is not a good number, let's make it 10! It's something that I want to achieve first. I don't want to sound selfish or arrogant, but I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders."

As for his new teammate Leclerc, Vettel hinted he is enjoying the battle with the 21-year-old Monegasque.

With controversy in Bahrain where team orders appeared to slow Leclerc to let Vettel pass, the German was eager to push the team forward.

"I think it's normal if you're in the same car, you're fighting with your teammate for the same spot on the track every now and then," he said.

"Obviously it's up to me to make sure he's rather behind rather than in front. It's up to him to make sure that I am behind not in front, it's the name of the game.

"We are obviously pushing each other and pushing the team, I think that's the priority. To get Ferrari back to winning ways and then the rest will be sorted out."

Sebastian Vettel hasn’t tasted much success in Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel hasn’t tasted much success in Ferrari.

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Brundle also pushed Vettel for a look inside his life.

A man who has built his persona solely on the track without venturing onto social media, Vettel can seem an enigma to F1 fans.

Revealing his love for classic motorcycles, British comedy and backgammon with Bernie Ecclestone, as well as hiking, Vettel said he no impulse to share his entire life with the world.

"I just can't identify with a generation that wants to share everything, at all times," he said.

"It's not that I have something to hide, not at all. I think many people are thinking that life of a Formula 1 driver is a lot more exotic than my life is, but I actually like to have a normal life, and I think I qualify as living a normal life. But I don't have the desire to share. Why? I don't get the point. Why do you need to tell people what you are doing?"

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