FORMULA 1

Vettel rates Alonso & Hamilton as his toughest adversaries in F1

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Sebastian Vettel has reflected on his 16-year Formula 1 career, during which he competed and won four world championships, as he hangs up his boots at the end of the 2022 season.

A defining feature of Vettel’s heyday in the early 2010s at Red Bull were his close title battles with Fernando Alonso, who then, was in Ferrari.

The fierce battle between the pair is crystal clear in the points table, as Vettel beat the Spaniard by a margin of just four points in 2010 and by three points in 2012.

His stint with Ferrari saw him take on Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in an effort to end the German team’s supremacy in the turbo-hybrid era.

Vettel revealed who was his toughest rival in F1, he said:

“Lewis, especially when I was at Ferrari. Lewis has always been right up there. Before that, it was probably Fernando when he was at Ferrari.”

Interestingly, one of Vettel’s most significant competitors will take his place at Aston Martin Racing for the 2023 campaign.

“Fernando doesn’t need any advice. I’m not sure he’s taking any advice, but he doesn’t need it anyway. He’s been around for so long and seen so much – he’ll be fine.

As Vettel dwelled on his retirement as he stated that he still loves the sport but realizes that the time has come for him to move on.

“I still love the sport. I still love racing.”

“The decision to retire was a tough one, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I know how much commitment this sport requires, and I feel like it’s a good time to do other things.

“This year, we wanted to make a significant improvement over last year. We failed. We’re currently where we finished last year.

“I’m not pointing the finger and saying we did a bad job. I’m just being realistic. We had high hopes, but we fell short.”

Vettel will end his iconic Formula One career as the third most successful driver behind Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

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