Sebastian Vettel confident motivation to sustain his F1 success will remain strong
"The biggest moment in my life is yet to come," says four-times champ
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 07/11/13 8:32am
At the age of 26 the German is already one of the most decorated drivers in the history of Formula 1 and features in the top four of all time for championships, victories, poles and laps led.
With a career that could conceivably continue at the top level for another decade, Vettel has been tipped to eventually re-write the the sport's record books and will head into next year aiming to become just the second driver after his friend and compatriot Michael Schumacher to win five World Championships on the spin.
Speaking on his return to Red Bull's Milton Keynes headquarters on Wednesday for the first time since clinching his latest crown in India two weeks ago, Vettel made clear that the future was very much his focus.
"One of the secrets for the whole team really is to be in the moment. We love motor racing, we enjoy racing and therefore I do not need any motivation when I jump in to the car," he said during a press conference alongside team boss Christian Horner and Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey.
"I'm not thinking about what has happened before; I'm not thinking about what is going to happen in the future; I'm thinking about this race, or this practice session or this qualifying session trying to get everything out of it - and it's the same for the team.
"Obviously you have to plan the future a little bit, especially if you look at next year it's going to be completely different in many regards. But nevertheless, as long as you manage to focus on what's going on right now, you will have a better future as well."
And asked what his next career goal was, the German immediately replied: "The next race.
"I'm not trying to look far ahead, I'm not trying to keep looking back. You should always look forward.
"We've had many, many great moments, very special moments, but I believe the biggest moment in my life is yet to come. Otherwise it would be quite sad at the age of 26 to look forward and say the greatest moment has been [already] and have nothing to look forward to."
With every passing success at Red Bull, speculation turns to Vettel's longer-term future and if and when he might leave the outfit that have guided his career for a new challenge with one of their rivals.
The German signed a one-year contract extension earlier this year to prolong his Red Bull stay until at least the end of 2015 and, despite already approaching the end of his fifth season at Milton Keynes, he on Wednesday made clear that new challenges in his current environment came along all the time.
"Certainly for next year I think that's the biggest project that is coming up with new regulations and new engine - there's a lot of work to do," he said.
"Also you have to say that within five years things do change, even if you are in the same team. People come and some people leave unfortunately, but that's reality. So there's always plenty of new challenges, as I said next year with the new regulations, but also if you look back at the last four years to first be part of the process and then develop a car around the double diffuser that wasn't supposed to be developed around it for the first year [in 2009].
"For the second year to really discover the power of putting the exhaust in the right place and make use for that. Then we obviously lost that for 2012 and came back since then and for next year it's a new challenge. So basically you can be sure that we are very, very busy and there's a reason why we have so many people working here. Over the last four years we've increasing run out of parking spaces because we just keep growing!"