Sebastian Vettel’s strong race at the start of Formula 1’s summer break: The German celebrated his best result since the Azerbaijan GP in early June after finishing eighth in Spa. Single: Vettel left the race stage on Sunday and finds himself in Ricardo Zonta’s role.
“Zonta was even slower than me on the straight,” says Vettel with humor after the race. “He felt the same way: if I jerk left or right it becomes dangerous, I prefer to stay in the middle,” explains the Aston Martin star of his behavior in the duel with Frenchmen Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.
Curious: Ocon even explains after the race: “It’s a crazy coincidence! Today before the start I talked to Mick about all the people. He wished me luck and apparently it helped.”
Vettel has eight more races before his Formula 1 career is over. “I’m finishing my season and I’m looking forward to the races that are yet to come. Of course, then I won’t be there anymore, but it’s happening. It’s completely impossible to sit at this age,” he emphasizes. Hesse reveals: “Even if I have a few things in my mind, I have to let them come to me.”
In any case, he will keep his fingers crossed for his pal Mick Schumacher in the future – as he does now: “I wish Mick a bit more power for the next race. “Unfortunately, nowadays you drive by last results and that there is a lack of foresight,” says Vettel.
He has a lot of praise for his compatriot who is twelve years younger: “He is learning, this is his absolute strength. The speed is also there. He picked up after a bad start, but it is also difficult to attract attention with the car.”, believes Vettel: “I wish him a car in which he can show what you can do.”
Certainly not for Haas at Spa on Sunday: Schumacher finished the race in 17th place, one position behind team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
“As expected, it was quite difficult, the other cars simply have a much higher top speed than us. Accordingly, it is extremely difficult to fight at all,” Schumacher said after the race. But for once, he succeeds brilliantly: in the fall of Eau Rouge of all places, he shows off a brilliant maneuver against Williams driver Nicholas Latifi, who ends up behind Schumi Jr.
This test of courage not only makes Schumacher sweat, but also his Haas engine: “Something like an insulating tape has broken, so hot air is constantly being blown from the engine into the cockpit. At one point it was 60 degrees. .,” Mick explains, joking, “It felt like we were already in Singapore.”
At Spa, Schumacher had the new car parts for the first time: “They give us a little bit more speed here and there. I’m glad we have the improvements and hopefully we can (next weekend; ed) get back to the points for the cans.”