Sebastian Vettel will be under the microscope more than normal after his controversial win in last week’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
That makes you wonder if there are any hidden messages behind Vettel’s short, sharp answers to a new series of “off-the-wall” questions on the Formula 1 official website.
A new series called “The Finishing Line” premiered Thursday and Vettel was the initial subject. A line of questioning included asking what was the most memorable overtaking maneuver of his career, to which he responded, “Many – some from way back, some quite recently…”
Vettel also said the sportsman he admired most was Michael Schumacher, “as I know him best,” he said.
The full interview is here and you can judge for yourself if there’s any harm done by these answers or if they reflect a ruthless nature that was on display Sunday.
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.