Formula 1: René Rast on Vettel: “Vettel was a high-flyer”

Rast: “Vettel was a high-flyer”

DTM triple champion René Rast stands behind Vettel: “Don’t think that he has forgotten how to drive”

D.he three-time DTM champion René Rast (34 / Audi) is committed: his competitor from the days of Formula BMW, Sebastian Vettel (33) is still one of the greatest talents for him – all Ferrari bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns this year Despite.

Rast to AUTO BILD Motorsport: “I already drove against him in kart racing up to Formula BMW. It started in the Bambini class in 1996 or something, went through the juniors to Formula BMW. So I accompanied him all the way up to then. There you have already seen that he is a natural and that he was a bit ahead of the others. “

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René Rast and Sebastian Vettel in Formula BMW times


The three-time DTM champion is the celebrated star today, while Vettel had to take a lot of criticism. But Rast puts this into perspective: “Back then I didn’t win many races against him in karting and none at all in Formula BMW – he won 18 out of 20 races. Then he continued on his way to Formula 1, where he was the new hope and then implemented it. He dominated Formula 1 for years. That was also what I knew about him from karting and the formula era. That he was simply the high-flyer. ”

Rast therefore does not believe that Vettel has forgotten how to drive: “He’s having a difficult time now, but I don’t think it’s because of his talent. Rather, I think these are all things that we cannot evaluate that are in the background happen.”

The Audi superstar does not like to judge from the outside whether it is up to Ferrari that the high-flyer from back then does not get into his hooves this year. But he has a clear gut feeling: “If he had the guns, he would fight for the world championship again. I don’t think that he has forgotten how to drive.”

Formula 1 will be in Bahrain this weekend (Sunday, 3:10 p.m.).


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