PARIS — Sebastian Vettel is feeling optimistic about his new Formula Just one profession with Aston Martin right after turning the web page on a depressing last period with Ferrari.

Issues went from terrible to terrible for the four-time F1 winner in 2020.

He had just one podium complete and finished 10 of seventeen races exterior the top 10 last period amid a tense environment worsened by the actuality Ferrari did not offer him a new agreement.

“The full 12 months was a problem. I’m clearly not joyful with how last 12 months went in terms of functionality, in terms of my functionality,” he said. “There are items that didn’t go nicely and items I would have favored to go in different ways. It is not a solution that at stages I wasn’t at my happiest.”

Last 12 months was a big slide from grace for Vettel, whose self-assurance was already shaken right after he misplaced the 2017 and 2018 titles to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, irrespective of main both equally championships at the midway stage.

A driver who however shares the F1 record with Michael Schumacher for most wins in a period — thirteen with Purple Bull in 2013 — and has fifty three wins among the his 121 podiums located himself outclassed by his junior teammate Charles Leclerc in 2019 and 2020.

When Leclerc was presented a lucrative new agreement by 2024 — and Vettel was not even made available one —it grew to become clear who was viewed as number one in the staff. The frown traces grew deeper on Vettel’s experience as he completed the last 3 races of 2020 in thirteenth, twelfth and 14th.

“It hadn’t been to my expectations. I have never ever genuinely cared what men and women believe or say, or produce,” Vettel said. “That’s why it’s essential I’m at peace with myself. (I have) very, very high expectations of myself.”

He even viewed as retiring but a go to Aston Martin has rekindled the 33-12 months-outdated German driver’s enthusiasm.

“I’m not much too outdated, there are older drivers returning to the grid,” he said, referring to 39-12 months-outdated Fernando Alonso. “I don’t believe it’s an age matter, I believe it’s additional a dilemma of (no matter whether) you have the staff and the car close to you.”

The Aston Martin staff runs on Mercedes engines and is owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance Stroll is the team’s other driver.

The system is to make Aston Martin a title contender inside 3 to five several years.

Vettel recommended the environment at Aston Martin is much less stuffy than it was at powerhouse Ferrari. The Italian producer with its vibrant purple car continues to be the most legendary title in F1 background. But Ferrari has not received a drivers’ title considering the fact that Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and its last constructors’ title was in ’08.

”It’s clearly very small (at Aston Martin) if you examine it to Ferrari at initial,” Vettel said. “Things are a bit diverse, but it’s not about the extravagant appears to be like or the extravagant high-priced designer chairs in the office environment, it’s additional about the do the job that is finished guiding the scenes.”

A new chapter in Vettel’s profession commences on Sunday at the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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