Sebastian Vettel says he has no plans to retire, he still wants that first World title as a Ferrari driver.
The four-time World Champion joined Ferrari in 2015 with the dreaming of winning a World title, or two, with the Scuderia.
He has twice come close, runner-up in 2017 and again in 2018, but he was beaten by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in both seasons.
His latest defeat saw him come in for a barrage of criticism from fans and the media who put the blame squarely on his shoulders.
But even in the face of all that criticism, Vettel says he never considered throwing in the towel.
“Not really or no, the answer is no!” he told Sport Bild.
“Because throwing in the towel would mean dropping everything and giving it up.
“No, because my goal, my dream is to become a Ferrari World Champion.
“It also motivates me that Ferrari is the biggest brand in Formula 1.
“For me it would therefore be the ultimate if I could win the World title with Ferrari.”
Pressed on whether he ever has thoughts of retiring, the 31-year-old insists he still has a few years in him.
“I think it’s clear that I’m not in the spring of my career anymore,” he replied.
“On the other hand, at 31 I still have plenty of time in this sport.
“Looking back, Michael was even a bit older than me when he won his first title with Ferrari. And Lewis is two years older than me.
“I still have no thoughts of retiring.
“On the contrary, I’m doing everything to fulfil my dream of the title with Ferrari.
“And as far as my family is concerned, they support me and don’t get in the way.”
Vettel is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of next year raising questions about whether he could consider jumping ship to Mercedes, like his mentor Michael Schumacher eventually did.
“No,” he insisted. “My goal is to win with Ferrari.”
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