Sebastian Vettel: Lewis Hamilton ‘Will Never Be My Hero’

The German four-time World Champion said Hamilton nevertheless deserves all the success he has achieved in F1.

Sebastian Vettel, who will leave Scuderia Ferrari for Aston Martin Racing at the end of the 2020 season, has said six-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton will never be his hero.

In an interview with the Italian edition of Sky Sport, Vettel said: “It’s a shame. On the one hand, it’s very simple for him but he worked hard to be in that position [in a dominant car at Mercedes].”

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Continuing, he said, “He deserves all the successes, but Lewis will never be my hero. That will be Schumi [Michael Schumacher] forever. I’m happy for Hamilton anyway.”

Separately, Vettel said he was happy that Mick Schumacher was being given the opportunity to drive his father’s 2004 World Championship-winning F1 car at Mugello this weekend.

He also said that he considered retiring from the sport, but decided to stay after finding an “exciting” project for 2021.

“Yes, I’ve been thinking about retiring. And quite often. But, as I said, I hope in the end I have found something that can be exciting and I’m sure it is.

“So I’m looking forward to it…. I’m curious to see what I can give in a new project. I’m curious to find out.”

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