Vettel: Schumacher is perhaps the only German talent
There is currently a German Formula 1 driver, Nico Hulkenberg, who will continue to be on the grid in 2024. However, Hulkenberg will turn 37 next year and will not be involved in Formula 1 forever.
Sebastian Vettel is therefore worried about the young Germans, because it seems that there will be no cockpit for Mick Schumacher again in 2024. “The situation is difficult at the moment,” explains the four-time world champion. in sky.
“Maybe there is still one cockpit, and at the moment it is not easy or difficult to get into it and slide in. But there is always some possibility,” Vettel hopes to his friend.
“I think it’s important that things continue for him in a certain way next year, and that he continues to work on the second chance. From a German point of view, this is essential. He is not only the biggest young talent, but perhaps even the player in the team.” Just one moment,” Vettel fears.
When will Verstappen become world champion?
I already revealed at the beginning of our tape that Max Verstappen could become world champion for the third time in a row in Japan in just two weeks. But in Singapore, there will definitely be no official decision on Sunday.
Verstappen currently has a 145-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez. Even if he achieves a win that includes Perez’s fastest lap and zero at the same time, he will “only” leave Singapore with a 171-point lead.
After Singapore, there are still seven races and three sprints to go, so there are still a total of 206 points up for grabs. Therefore he can become world champion in Suzuka as soon as possible.
Verstappen will need the following lead after each race to be crowned world champion:
Japan: 180 points
Qatar: 146 points
United States of America: 112 points
Mexico: 86 points
Brazil: 52 points
Las Vegas: 26 points
By the way: even if Verstappen only finishes fifth (!) in all races and sprints from now on, he will eventually be world champion – even if his teammate wins all races with the fastest lap.
In this scenario, Perez would “only” be able to catch Verstappen by 140 points. In the end, the Dutchman was still five points ahead.
What German talent is there?
Let’s take a closer look at Vettel’s statement and look at the young German drivers who drive in the series directly below Formula 1.
In fact, we note that there is currently no German driver in Formula 2. David Beckmann and Lerim Zendele will still be driving there in 2022 – but only as substitute drivers.
In the 2023 Formula 3 season, which has already ended in Monza, we had at least two Germans, Oliver Goethe and Sofia Floersch, with Goethe even celebrating the victory.
Then there is another Formula 3 series, the Formula European Regional Championship (FRECA), where German driver Tim Tramnitz is currently third overall.
So we see: Germany is certainly represented at the Formula 3 level at least, and can also look forward to isolated successes.
We are, of course, looking forward to our talents moving to Formula 2 and then to Formula 1 at some point. But there is still a long way to go until then.
Which cockpit is still free?
Vettel says “there may still be one cockpit” that Mick Schumacher could enter in 2024. He is likely hinting at a second cockpit for Williams next to Alexander Albon.
In fact, as things stand, there are even more places available for next year. You can find out what these are in our photo series:
Photo series: Contract terms for current Formula 1 drivers
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