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Vettel: I’m torn because I’d like to be home with my wife

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he would have liked to “stay home” this weekend and is torn between finding redemption at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but at the same time hankers to be around the family after the birth of his third child.

On Thursday, the Ferrari driver missed the FIA press conference in Abu Dhabi following the birth less than 24 hours earlier of his third child – his first son.

“Maybe this is the first weekend where the feeling is strongest that I would also like to stay at home,” he told the German broadcaster RTL. “I want to bring the season to a good end, but at the same time, of course, I would like to be home with my wife so I am torn.”

The fiercely-private 32-year-old German said of the birth of his son: “Everything went well and of course I am very, very happy. Thank God you can stay in touch these days, but I am torn.”

Vettel crashed during free practice on Friday, spinning in Turn 11 and clouting the wall with the rear of his Ferrari and damaging the rear of the car. He was not harmed, but it was another forced error by the quadruple F1 World Champion

He played down suggestions that the momentous moment in his family life is a distraction from his work in Abu Dhabi, “Let’s see what we achieve this weekend, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. It is a motivation boost that I hope we can use this weekend, as we lack some performance here.

“But anything can happen in the race, because nobody has anything to lose and the championship is done,” added Vettel.