Hakkinen: Vettel just one to problem Hamilton in 2017 & 2018

Hakkinen: Easy to forget Vettel the only one to really challenge Hamilton

Mika Hakkinen mentioned within the aftermath of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement announcement in Hungary, that the German was the one driver to essentially problem Lewis Hamilton again in 2017 and 2018, when driving for Ferrari regardless of failing to win the Formulation 1 Championship.

Hakkinen gave his emotions on the quadruple World Champion’s choice to retire, which he introduced forward of the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, in his Unibet column.

“This was a weekend after we noticed Sebastian Vettel announce that he’ll retire from Formulation 1 racing on the finish of the season, adopted by the information that his alternative shall be Fernando Alonso – that’s an enormous transfer for each of them,” Hakkinen mentioned of F1’s weekend in Budapest.

“Sebastian has been a fantastic World Champion, a incredible ambassador for the game and could be very standard with the followers To win 4 World Championship titles at Purple Bull was a very nice achievement, and he got here very shut at Ferrari too.

“It’s straightforward to overlook that he was the one one to essentially problem Lewis’s dominance in 2017 and 2018,” the Flying Finn mirrored.

“Selecting the best second to retire isn’t straightforward, however when you’ve gotten gained World Championships you positively know the second when giving 100% just isn’t going to be potential any extra,” he claimed.

You want complete dedication to win in F1

“In Formulation 1 it is advisable have that complete dedication to win, to do the work contained in the staff and settle for the fixed journey, along with the impression on household.

“Sebastian has clearly felt that second is now, and I want him each success for the longer term,” the previous McLaren driver added.

Aston Martin introduced on the Monday after the race in Hungary that Fernando Alonso could be changing Vettel on the staff, which was someway a surprising announcement.

“The information that Fernando Alonso is to switch Sebastian at Aston Martin will shock many individuals,” Hakkinen mentioned. “However he stays very enthusiastic about racing in Formulation 1 and has proven some actually sturdy performances at Alpine.

“He actually helped Esteban Ocon safe that well-known win in Hungary final yr. As a two occasions World Champion he brings loads of expertise in addition to an enormous profile, qualities with the administration at Aston Martin worth extremely.

“It’s a very attention-grabbing driver change for 2023,” the 1998 and 1999 F1 Champion concluded.

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