Sebastian Vettel admits that F1 has had pain closing the game, starting conversations with rivals about fan-free ‘ghost racing’
‘Nothing can replace the thrill’: Sebastian Vettel admits Formula 1 shutdown has been ’embarrassing’ as Ferrari star starts talking to rival drivers about ‘ghost races’ behind closed doors
- Sebastian Vettel was ready for a pivotal season in his Formula 1 career
- However, it has been curtailed by the coronavirus, with nine races called off so far
- The German admitted that he longed to race during the break
- He admitted that F1 could restart behind closed doors after conversations with his rivals
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Sebastian Vettel feels the lockdown tension as another Formula 1 race weekend blows by with drivers still at home.
Vettel should be in Shanghai to complete practice rounds prior to the Chinese Grand Prix, but instead the fourth round of the 2020 season is one of nine races postponed or canceled due to coronavirus.
The decimated campaign was to be a pivotal year in Vettel’s Ferrari career, with the 32-year-old desperate to bite back after being stepped up in 2019 by new teammate Charles Leclerc.
Sebastian Vettel has admitted that it was painful to sit at home while racing
The German was ready for a career battle before the corona virus decimated the season
“I miss driving, the feeling of driving; there is nothing that can replace that, “he told the BBC.
“It’s what we’re all waiting for. But it gives you time to think. It is a very intimate time with family. The conditions are not nice, but we all try to get the best out of it.
“We all want to get back to normal, not just because of F1, but for everyone.
“The best medicine is to be patient. It is painful because I want to get back in the car and when I am selfish I want to race. But there are many people who want many things. ‘
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The organizers are now struggling to put together a season for 2020, with eight races required to qualify it as a world championship.
The Monaco GP has already been canceled and the dates for the shortened calendar and rescheduled races have yet to be determined.
While the campaign may be reduced during race days, Vettel believes that a shortened campaign doesn’t take anything away from the race.
“I don’t think it makes a big difference,” he added. “A season is a season whether it has 10, 20 or 25 races; you still have to be the most consistent.
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“Ultimately, the championship is the championship. With 10 races there is still a lot to be done.
‘We discussed this fairly within the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association). It is a difficult decision.
“Nobody likes to race in front of empty stands. It feels a bit strange. On the other hand, the question is when is the right time to start racing again and whether a ghost race can be held much earlier than a race as we are used to. ‘