Vettel: Experience isn't vital for 2014

2013-09-20 10:15:00

 RSS

Share:

Vettel: Experience isn't vital for 2014

Sebastian Vettel reckons there are so many big changes next season that having the most experienced line-up won't give a team an advantage...

Sebastian Vettel reckons there are so many big changes next season that having the most experienced line-up won't give a team an advantage.


The German's comments come in the wake of Ferrari's decision to sign Kimi Raikkonen as Fernando Alonso's 2014 team-mate, giving the Scuderia one of the strongest and most experienced line-ups.

The team's decision was praised by Alonso, who reckons that in "terms of developing the car in January and February a team-mate that has been in Formula One for many years is important."

Vettel on the other hand will have a relatively inexperienced team-mate next season in Daniel Ricciardo, who will move to Red Bull after just two-and-a-half years in F1.

The German, though, is confident that won't hurt Red Bull as F1 prepares to introduce 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines.

"The best way to build up experience is to practice. For next year with a lot of new things coming in it probably doesn't matter so much whether you've been around the last couple of years," he said.

"The more important thing will be how determined you are and how willing you are to work, to develop, to try and push the team and the car forward with all it needs - the hours here on the track, back in the simulator.

"So I think there will be a lot of boring work to do for the drivers, but equally, it's part of the job and it will drive you forward when it matters on the track."

As for the team's decision to sign Ricciardo over the other hopefuls, Vettel said: "I think it's the right choice for us. As I said in Monza, it's a great message to young drivers, a great message to Daniel to give him the chance.

"Next year will be a lot of new things for all of us, so we'll have to wait and see, but I think we should be a strong team and that's really what matters."

Felipe Nasr and Valtteri Bottas head out to begin the fourth and final day

Editor's Picks

Lateral Impact Thinking

Lateral Impact Thinking

Fernando Alonso's testing accident at Barcelona will help safety in future Formula 1 testing, writes Andrew Davies...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Introducing Fantasy Racing

Introducing Fantasy Racing

PlanetF1 has launched its own Fantasy Racing game, it's free to enter and you can win some cool prizes...