Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has spoken about his last Italian Grand Prix before retiring at the end of the season.
The four-time world champion has had some incredible moments at Monza over the years. In fact, the legendary driver won his first ever race in Formula One at the Italian circuit. Now that he is leaving the sport at the end of the year, he spoke to Aston Martin about the track:
“I will feel all the emotions when I arrive at Monza – the track where I took my very first F1 win – for one final time.”
Monza has stapled itself as a fan-favourite track in Formula One. Fans love the track so much that they have given it a nickname – ‘the Temple of Speed’. Vettel shares the same love for Monza as he stated:
“I have always loved the unique feel of the circuit and the challenge it provides, as well as the energy from the fans. I will feel every moment of that intensity this time.”
A team full of confidence
Vettel is not the only one who is looking forward to the grand prix. His teammate Lance Stroll also enjoys the track. While speaking to Aston Martin, he stated:
“We performed well at Spa and Baku – two similar, low-downforce circuits – but, as we have seen, it is always tough to get among the point-scoring cars.”
He also said:
“I have some fantastic Monza memories – I started on the front row in 2017 and took my first podium for Team Silverstone in 2020.”
Monza is a track for firsts. Back in 2008, Vettel became the youngest ever driver to win a Formula One race as he stormed the field to claim the victory at Monza. The German became an instant star and has since won the Italian Grand Prix on two further occasions in his career.
Going out in style
Monza has certainly been a track full of surprises. With Charles Leclerc’s win in 2019, Pierre Gasly’s win in 2020 and more recently Daniel Ricciardo’s victory in 2021. With the circuit’s trend of surprise victories, could we see Vettel show what he can do one more time?
With the new car regulations, Vettel is hoping for an entertaining race:
“The influence and characteristics of this year’s ground effect cars should be interesting – I hope that we see more action at what is typically a tough track for overtaking.”
Monza is always a spectacle in Formula One, with one of the most famous atmospheres on the calendar. However, there may be a sad tone this weekend as the track will say goodbye to a legend. That is unless he can provide one last moment of magic…