Also in his fifth year at Ferrari Sebastian Vettel remains without a title. In Brazil, the four-time world champion starts his 100th Formula 1 race for the traditional Italian racing stable. The goal with which he started in 2015 is far away. And he probably only has one more chance.
The World Cup title is long gone, it's not really about anything – but Sebastian Vettel is still very excited before the company outing to Brazil. Finally, in Sao Paulo can always "happen," said the Ferrari driver before the penultimate Formula 1 race of the season ( Sunday, 18.10 clock / RTL and Liveticker at n-tv.de ), the track in the district of Interlagos has that extra something: "Every year something crazy happens." Sao Paulo is a very special place for Vettel, in 2012 he won the title in Brazil in a dramatic race, in total, the 32-year-old triumphed three times in the podium Jose Carlos Pace – and now he celebrates a service anniversary in the mega-metropolis.
Vettel drives his 100th race for Ferrari in the showcase of the old and new world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in Brazil. In his mission to lead the Scuderia once again his idol Michael Schumacher to the top, the Ex-Champ has failed so far. Now he has only one year left, his contract expires at the end of 2020.
"I still believe in my dream, I still believe it works," Vettel said last. Since 2015, the Heppenheimer turns for the most famous and proudest racing team in the world his rounds, 54 times since he stood on the podium, brought 14 victories – but not a world title. Far too little, so for the claims of the four-time champion and for the self-image of Ferrari.
Ferrari's drought continues
"We had good years and good races, but overall it was not enough. We were not close enough, we did not get enough points, "said Vettel, who once again had to watch his rival Hamilton cheering. When he moved from Red Bull to Ferrari five years ago, it was after World Cup titles still 4-2 for him. Now Hamilton leads 6: 4, but Vettel says: "I have no regrets."
Ferrari has been waiting for a world champion for twelve years, since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 with a victory in Brazil in the last race of the season at the then McLaren Duo Hamilton and Fernando Alonso passed by. Vettel should end this dry spell. So the plan with his commitment. Schumacher needed five years to rebuild it: the first season in 1996, the first world title in 2000. But history does not repeat so easily in Formula 1.
Instead of dueling with Hamilton, Vettel is suddenly only the number two in their own stable. The young Charles Leclerc has collected 19 points more this year, Vettel is currently only a World Cup fifth, the backlog of Hamilton huge. "I'm not happy that we could not dispute the title for him and we were so far back," said Vettel about the lost World Cup duel: "I'm happy for him, but less for us." His contract with Ferrari runs for another year, his dream lives on. "We want to be the clear favorite in every race, not just in some," said Vettel.
Training live on n-tv and n-tv.de
The Formula 1 guest in Brazil and n-tv is live. We broadcast the two training sessions on Friday.
Friday, November 15:
- 1. Free practice: 14.55 to 16.35 at n-tv and at n-tv.de
- 2. Free practice: 18.55 to 20.35 at n-tv and at n-tv.de
Saturday, November 16:
- Summary 3 Free practice and qualifying live: 18.00 to 21.08 on RTL
Sunday, November 17:
- The race in Sao Paulo live: 17:52 to 20:15 on RTL