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Sebastian Vettel on coping with mistakes, ‘over-policing’ in F1 & his future in the sport

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Vettel’s ambition to win a drivers’ championship with Ferrari has so far been thwarted by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel is a walking contradiction. The Ferrari driver is a man who works in a sport of cutting-edge high technology but who eschews many of the accoutrements of the age, such as social media.

Vettel is arguably the most cerebral and thoughtful of drivers, and without doubt one of the most intelligent, yet someone whose emotions have quite often flared into bursts of visible public anger.

He is the third most successful F1 driver in history in terms of wins, and only three men have won more world championships than him, and yet the last year of his career has been as notable for his high-profile mistakes as for the high calibre of his driving.

He is a self-confessed fan of F1, steeped in its history and lore, yet someone who happily admits to “not loving” much about the world in which he operates other than the driving itself.

He is one of the most famous sportsmen in the world, but completely shutters off his private life.

All of which makes him not only one of the best Formula 1 drivers of his era, but also one of the most fascinating.

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Vettel talked to BBC Sport about his attempts to become world champion with Ferrari, how he deals with mistakes, his frustrations with the sport he loves, his future and much more.

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The battle to win with Ferrari

Vettel joined Ferrari in 2015 as a four-time champion with Red Bull, determined to emulate his childhood hero Michael Schumacher and take the world title back to Maranello.

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