Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel recently announced that he will retire from Formula 1 after the season ends. Vettel made the announcement through his newly created Instagram account, which is actually his first social media account.
The world champion made his debut In the 2007 United States Grand Prix with BMW Sauber. From 2010 to 2013, the distinguished German driver won all four of his championships with Red Bull. With 53 victories, he is also on the third place on the all-time list of Grand Prix winners.
Unfortunately, his stint with Ferrari did not help him win any additional championship title. His year and a half with Aston Martin only got him one podium finish and his contract will expire by the end of 2022.
Before the Hungarian Grand Prix, Vettel announced his retirement plans with the 2022 season as his 15th and final season with Formula 1.
Vettel shared, “I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula 1 over the past 15 years – there are far too many to mention and thank,” said Vettel. “Over the past two years I have been an Aston Martin driver – and although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, it is very clear to me that everything is being put together that a team needs to race at the very highest level for years to come.
“I have really enjoyed working with such a great bunch of people. Everyone – Lawrence [Stroll], Lance [Stroll], Martin [Whitmarsh], Mike [Krack], the senior managers, the engineers, the mechanics and the rest of the team – is ambitious, capable, expert, committed and friendly, and I wish them all well.
“I hope that the work I did last year and am continuing to do this year will be helpful in the development of a team that will win in the future, and I will work as hard as I can between now and the end of the year with that goal in mind, giving as always my best in the last 10 races.
“The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it; at the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next; it is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family.
“But today is not about saying goodbye. Rather, it is about saying thank you – to everyone – not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula 1 could not exist.”
Lawrence Stroll, owner of Aston Martin, added, “I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half. We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that.
“He has driven some fantastic races for us, and, behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers have been extremely valuable. He is one of the all-time greats of Formula 1, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work with him.
“He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off.”
Mike Krack, Team Principal stated, “Sebastian is a superb driver – fast, intelligent and strategic – and of course we are going to miss those qualities. However, we have all learned from him, and the knowledge that we have gained from working with him will continue to benefit our team long after his departure.
“Aston Martin is a great project, with unlimited potential, and the groundwork that Sebastian has done last year, and is still doing this year, is crucial. When we become fully competitive – and we will – one of the architects of that future success will be Sebastian, and we will always be grateful to him for that.”
289 Grand Prix starts. 53 wins. 122 podiums. 57 pole positions. Four #F1 World Championships.
There will only ever be one #SV5.
— Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) July 28, 2022
Title: Sebastian Vettel Announces Retirement
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:10:25 +0000
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