Sebastian Vettel unimpressed with the 'disrespectful' media

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Former world champion Sebastian Vettel has held the limelight since his move to Ferrari in 2015 and his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton has been the subject of discussion across the racing world in recent years.

Coming close to matching his counterpart in the Mercedes garage, Vettel lost out twice in the previous two years, emulating back-to-back similar shows in terms of statistics.

He led the charts from the start of last year, but inconsistency and mistakes during the latter part of the campaign ruptured his highly coveted fifth world title hopes, ending the same way he did in the preceding season.

In 2019, Ferrari were optimistic of an impressive showing after a brilliant winter testing in Barcelona, but destiny had other plans.

The Italian outfit’s new SF90 cars may have been a class apart from their contemporaries during the off-season, although, situations took a drastic turn from the first race in Melbourne itself.

Vettel is yet to register a win this season, with the worst of his performances coming in Hamilton’s backyard in the British Grand Prix when he finished 16th.

The German ace has now voiced his opinion on the media in particular, who, according to Vettel, have been quite disrespectful.

Speaking on the matter to the September issue of F1 Racing magazine, the 32-year-old said: “Today, people are still asking about the problem of aggression after two weeks.

When you think about it, it’s quite disrespectful.

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“You’ve had two weeks to come up with something, and that comes to mind? That’s disrespectful. I don’t feel personally attacked, but are you serious? Sometimes, I don’t understand.”

Major mistakes in Germany and Italy not only cost him points last term, but Vettel was subjected to heavy criticism across the racing fraternity as well.

Vettel admitted that mistakes are part-and-parcel of racing and not everything always goes according to plan. But, one has to move forward expecting a turn in fortunes.

“We had – or rather I had – some incidents last year where it didn’t work out for us,” he added.

“Maybe I didn’t look particularly good there. Much of it is just risk and racing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. That’s how I see it.

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“I don’t worry about it. I didn’t feel that I needed mental help or anything. I know what happened in the cockpit. I know what I did. I looked at it.

“Of course I hope it doesn’t happen to me again. But you have to keep going. What else can you do?

“For me this is racing. As beautiful as it can be, as cruel as it can be sometimes.”

As the retirement rumours are concerned, the four-time world champion concluded by saying: “It gives me a lot of adrenaline and makes me nervous when I wake up on Sunday morning. I wake up with a different feeling than on Thursday or Monday.

“And I want to be successful. I want this [at Ferrari] to work.

“I don’t know if I’ll make it. But I want to make it, and that will certainly be my future.”

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