Badgeronimous wrote:Here is a thought...... Maybe Vettel hit his peak early and faded away - he doesn't look happy any more
You see it in other sports - look at tennis - just looking at guys who were the best players in the world at periods over the last 20 years.
Andre Agassi - built up to a top player, faded in the middle, and had an Indian summer in his career
Roger Federer - Been consistently excellent for 15 years, adapted his game as he has aged, slowly fading well into his 30's.
Pete Samprass - Built up, lasted a while then faded.
Andy Roddick/Leyton Hewitt - Burst on the scene, had a handful of great years.... and were done as a top players by 24-25yrs old.
Theres countless examples in Rugby, Football, Golf, etc, etc. Different athletes have different career paths.,
For Vettel, he is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, 4x world championships and has a young family. After being the F1 golden boy - he then spent 3-4 years out of the spotlight, without a chance of winning - He has been under intense pressure to deliver at Ferrari, and it maybe isn't the right environment for him - I can absolutely see why his motivation and focus has dropped off that fraction - maybe other drivers would react differently.
Physical sports aren’t comparable to something like racing, yes racing has physical demands but it’s nowhere near the same, experience is way more important. A lot of those declines you mention above are related to injuries. Just look at Nadal in Tennis, no where for 4-5 years due to injury and now the same with Murray. That simply doesn’t happen in racing.
The absolute peak of a tennis player used to be 21-27 but that has changed with freaks like Federer but he is probably the best ever. Players like Roddick/Hewitt started to look worse due to the level Federer raised it to.