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Sebastian Vettel also wonders if Lewis Hamilton is as ‘excited’ as George Russell?

Sebastian Vettel has questioned whether Lewis Hamilton is still enthusiastic about Formula 1 after the seven-time world champion’s dip in results.

Aston Martin’s Vettel has also admitted he is scared by the prospect of retiring from the sport and believes F1 is “missing” the experience of former race director Michael Masi.

Hamilton arrives in Baku with 75 points – the equivalent of three race wins – adrift of world championship leader Max Verstappen after scoring just one podium in the opening seven rounds as Mercedes failed to keep pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, take a look back at some of the most memorable racing moments in Baku

Ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, take a look back at some of the most memorable racing moments in Baku

“When you get to know the sport like I did and like Lewis did, winning and being at the top is what you’re looking for,” said Vettel, who won four consecutive titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.

“Does it excite you to finish eighth, or 12th or 13th? No, you don’t, when you know you’ve been first so many times – and in Lewis’s case more than any other guy.

“George (Russell) comes in. He spent three years at Williams suffering at the back of the pitch, scoring a weird point, then all of a sudden he’s eighth or 12th and life for him is amazing.

“Everybody’s different, but you have to just be on the outside and say, look, is Lewis naturally going to be as excited about finishing eighth as George probably is? No, and I would be surprised if he was.”

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The FIA ​​has recently come under scrutiny for its handling of the rain-delayed Monaco Grand Prix.

This season, Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich are the only two race directors nominated. They were named as Masi’s replacement following a review of the controversial 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Vettel, director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, added: “What we miss now is the experience that Michael had and brought to the job because he did it for so long and grew up with it. .

“It’s not an easy position now because there’s more focus and more spotlight on what’s going on at race control.

“But I hope things calm down and we find a way to work together, like the drivers and the FIA. You can’t make everyone happy, but we have to try to make both parties happier. “

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Vettel finished second to Hamilton in 2017 and 2018 before being dropped by Ferrari and then signed for Aston Martin in 2020.

The 34-year-old German was 12th in the table last year and has scored just five points this season.

It’s been almost three years since Vettel claimed the last of his 53 victories – a tally that puts him behind only Hamilton and Michael Schumacher in the F1 winners list. He says his future on the grid depends on Aston Martin’s improving fortunes and admits the thought of retirement is scary

“Yes [it is]”, Vettel said. “I’ve been racing cars all my life, and that gives you security, in terms of the schedule set by other people.

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A look back at the highlights of last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix

“I don’t know what life after Formula 1 is like and I don’t think any sportsman knows what the next life is like. You can have certain things lined up, but you don’t know that and that’s the truth. .

“I don’t expect to find something tomorrow that I’m really good at, because I’ve found something in my life that I’m really good at and it’s hard to find it again. How many times can you Win the lottery ?

“I like driving the car, but there are other things I don’t like. After so many years, the usual things come back that you don’t understand at first, like travel. It takes a lot of time, and I have the kids at home and a family, so it equates to time away from them.

“The future depends on this year and the races I have coming up. I haven’t decided yet. Summer is the usual time when you start talking so we’ll see.”