Sebastian Vettel has admitted there’s a part of him that is pleased that there won’t be any fans at his last Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari.
The 2020 season has been Ferrari’s worst in a long time. The team hit new lows in Spa, with both cars scraping into Q2 and then finishing well outside the points.
With straight-line speed being the main issue, things are likely to get even worse when they head back home for the Italian Grand Prix.
Because of this, many feel it’s best that fans won’t be there to see their struggles. While Vettel shares this view, he has a more personal reason for doing so.
“In a way, it’s better this way, but don’t get me wrong, it will be sad not to have fans in Monza – it’s the first time,” he told Italian publication Sport Mediaset.
“In recent years, around the world, I have always been overwhelmed by the affection of the Ferrari fans in Italy in a special way.
“I think it would be very difficult to race seeing all the people supporting you knowing that it is the last time in red. In this regard, perhaps it will be a little better this way.”
“If I decide to continue in F1, I do it with the aim of winning, I have no intention of staying in the paddock simply to participate, I don’t care about the race record in my CV, but now I have no news,” he added.
“Nothing concrete I can say about my future at the moment. Everyone would like to drive for Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, but there are many other teams that have the ambition to win.
“I will only be here in a competitive team. The new 2022 rules are a big unknown and there are many teams hoping that the balance will change.
“I certainly try to imagine my future outside of F1, but at the moment I like to drive in F1. Of course, there are many categories in motorsport, but I can’t be specific because for now, I haven’t really thought about alternatives.”