Vettel: The dream is to win the big thing with Ferrari

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is now one of the elder statesmen of Formula 1, and 12 seasons into his career in the top flight he is adamant that he is still enjoying himself and relishing driving the current generation of car while dreaming of a world title in red.

During an interview with Sky in Montreal, 30-year-old Vettel revealed, “I’m enjoying it and I’m having fun. This generation of cars are a lot of fun to drive; they have a lot of downforce.”

“The only downside is that they’re a bit heavy, so they’re not as agile in low-speed to throw from one corner to another, but overall they are the fastest we’ve ever had and that’s great and that’s mainly what I enjoy, and working with the team.”

“Obviously the dream is to win the big thing with Ferrari, which we haven’t done yet,” conceded the German who lies second in the championship ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

With a stellar record at the pinnacle of the sport, which includes four back-to-back F1 world titles and 49 grand prix victories, he has made no secret that there is unfinished business until he recaptures the title with Ferrari.

With 49 victories to his credit, Vettel needs another three to surpass Alain Prost’s tally of 51 triumphs and thus become the third most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, behind his one-time mentor Michael Schumacher (91 wins) and his staunchest rival Lewis Hamilton (64 wins).

In the wake of all his achievements, he was asked what keeps him motivated, Vettel replied, “The fascination for the cars. Unfortunately, we are doing something that is very difficult to share.”

“The best answer would be to share the feeling inside the car, because people would be surprised. Everybody knows how it feels to drive a car or be driven in a car – but we are doing something else. I love racing. Trying to put the car on the limit. Racing against the best in the world.”

“And then there’s that big thing that needs to be stuffed, winning with Ferrari. It’s a dream of mine and seeing how passionate people are inside this team, and being one of them, makes me proud. I still have something to do here.”

“That’s why I’m still here,” added Vettel who has a contract with Ferrari that runs until the end of 2020.

On Saturday in Montreal, Vettel delivered an impressive lap to claim pole position for this edition of the Canadian Grand Prix, his 54th top spot start, ending Ferrari’s jinx which dated back to 2001 when they last started from pole at the venue.