Ecclestone: Vettel a true champion
1 January 2014 – F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said he was not surprised Sebastian Vettel won the F1 drivers’ title for a fourth time in 2013 as the Red Bull Racing man ‘has qualities others do not possess’.
Speaking in a recent interview with Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ecclestone added that Vettel grew a lot last season.
“No, because Sebastian has qualities that others do not possess and he full deserved it,” Bernie replied when asked if Vettel’s 2013 title success was a surprise or not. “You do not only have to look at what he did on the track, but also the way in which he has been able to motivate the team, the skill with which he was able to adapt the car and his relationship with his mechanics.
“Vettel is a true champion.”
“This year he has grown a lot and improved 100 per cent. He is more open and willing to talk. He has gained a great sense of humour," Ecclestone continued.
“Winning four titles as a kid is not easy because there are journalists who do not know what to ask and often encroach into nonsense.”
As for the future, Ecclestone believes Vettel will leave Red Bull in time and he believes he shouldn’t necessarily go to Ferrari.
“He is so young that certainly he will not remain where he is for life. The problem is that all drivers want to finish their careers at Ferrari and it is a beautiful thing [driving for the Scuderia].
"Vettel I think though should go to a team that will help him win more championships - no matter what,” Ecclestone concluded.