Vettel sad that phenomenal year of F1 dominance is now over

26 November, 2013

Sebastian Vettel in the cockpit of the all conquering Red Bull RB9

Sebastian Vettel in the cockpit of the all conquering Red Bull RB9

Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel says he is sad that the 2013 Formula 1 season, characterised by his history-making dominance, is now over.

After winning the Brazilian GP he said on the podium, “I’m actually quite sad that this season comes to an end. I think the last couple of races, really since the summer break, to win every race is unbelievable.”

But the Red Bull driver does not have many sharing his sadness, made plain by the many empty seats at the usually-bustling Interlagos finale.

“It was the worst it has been in recent years,” a woman serving at an official merchandising stand at the Brazilian Grand Prix admitted to O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The television figures were also down in 2013, with last year’s average of 5.58 million viewers per race in Germany down to 5.28 this season, according to DPA news agency.

Victory number 13 of the season for Sebastian Vettel as he crosses the finish line in Brazil

Victory number 13 of the season for Sebastian Vettel as he crosses the finish line in Brazil

According to 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter, Formula 1 fans should expect more Vettel dominance in the future.

“I think it’s hard to believe that he won’t beat Michael’s record,” he told CNN, referring to Schumacher’s seven titles.

“I thought nobody would ever beat that record,” added Scheckter.

Despite the sweeping rule changes for 2014, Red Bull is also confident that it can keep its run going. Bild newspaper reports that the team has signed up two simulator drivers – Sebastien Buemi and Antonio Felix da Costa – for 2014.

“Next year, the simulator will be running virtually around the clock,” said Helmut Marko. “Vettel can’t do it alone.”

Sebastian Vettel signed off the 2013 with victory in Brazil

Sebastian Vettel signed off the 2013 with victory in Brazil

Indeed, with his fourth Championship firmly in the bag, Vettel said he will be doing “nothing” for the next few weeks.

“First of all I hope that I will not get sick when all the stress goes away, which can easily happen,” he is quoted by DPA.

“And I will not be eating much bacon, because the weight next year could be critical.”

Also critical will be the influence of the engine manufacturers, as Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull’s supplier Renault grapple with the new turbo V6s.

“It is impossible to know how it’s going to be until we are in Melbourne,” team boss Christian Horner is quoted by Austria’s Der Standard. “Everything else would just be speculation.” (GMM)

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