Vettel believes the efforts to codify driving discipline have gone too far. “The problem is by now we have so many rules trying to basically put in writing what you can’t put in writing,” he said. “It’s just a bit of a mess.
“I think no place is the same. I can’t think of any other sport where case-by-case things are exactly the same. It’s always a bit different.
“Particularly in our sport I think it’s difficult to put every possible outcome and situation in writing and therefore laying down a rule for it. So simplify and give freedom to race each other I think that’s what I would have.”
Following his penalty in Canada, Vettel said F1 is “not the sport he fell in love with”. He said his words should not be taken as an indication he’s thinking about retiring soon.
“You have the admiration for what these drivers do with their cars and how fast they go and so on,” he said. “I think as a child you’re very pure, you’re not thinking about rules. I was never interested whether they were overweight or underweight or legal or illegal. It didn’t matter as a child I just loved to see the racing.”
“I’m here, I love racing<" he added. "I think the cars are great fun to drive, they're very fast, the fastest we've ever had. "Are there things that we can do better? I think yes. Is it up to me? Fortunately not. But as I said before we'll see what the future brings. I'm here now and as far as I know I will be here next year. So I'm not thinking about that." [leaderboard2]
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