Sebastian Vettel still hasn’t lost his desire to race. The Aston Martin driver will retire from F1 at the end of the 2022 season.
Vettel believes that one day there will come a time when no one remembers him as a four-time world champion in Formula 1. The German made his debut in the world championship in the middle of the 2007 season with the BMW Sauber team. Since then he has made 295 F1 starts. The German has 53 victories with the teams of Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari.
Vettel’s decision comes after several disappointing campaigns in which he was not a title contender. Despite everything, the Aston Martin driver claims he still loves the sport.
“I still love this sport. I still love to race,” said Vettel in an interview with Aston Martin’s website.
“The decision to retire was a difficult one, but I had been considering it for some time. I know how much commitment this sport requires. I feel like it’s a good time to do other things.”
The four-time world champion admitted that his time at Aston Martin has not gone according to his expectations. He arrived at the Silverstone team last year and was hoping to return to the front of the column. Ultimately, the German struggled at the bottom or middle of the column and was often far from the top 10.
“It was a huge challenge because the car was not as competitive as we had hoped. This year we wanted to achieve a significant improvement compared to 2021. Unfortunately, we never made it. We are currently where we finished last year.
“I’m not pointing fingers and saying we did a bad job. I’m just being realistic. We had high hopes, but we didn’t manage to realize them.”
Vettel not sure if he would have delayed his retirement if the Aston Martin car had been more competitive.
“I don’t know if I would have retired if I had been more competitive in the last three or four years. I was winning races, fighting for championships and maybe I was going to win another title. However, I would probably come to the same decision. I also may not have done it. It’s impossible to say, but it’s crossed my mind.’
“Finishing 10th doesn’t bring me joy because I know what it feels like to finish first. If you’ve never finished first, you get a real thrill if you finish tenth. But I’m happy I’m not excited about finishing 10th,” Vettel admitted.
Although he recorded such successes, the driver of Aston Martin believes that after time his name may be forgotten.
“I once heard someone say, ‘You’ll only be remembered until the last person dies who hasn’t forgotten you,'” Vettel shared.
“Let me put it this way: The United Kingdom has a new king, but he is not the first to be called Charles. There were two others before him. Do you remember them? Probably not. I believe there is some limitation.’
“There will probably come a time when no one will remember me. Absolutely nothing lasts forever.”
Preparations for Vettel’s final race are in full swing. A number of his friends and colleagues have expressed their gratitude to the German for what he has contributed to F1. The Aston Martin driver said he is grateful to everyone who has contributed to his incredible adventure over the past 15 years. Despite his retirement, the Aston Martin boss said that Vettel is not doing a farewell tour and helps develop the 2023 car.
“You know, it’s funny that a lot of people thank me. I want to thank them more. If they did that and no one was looking, it wouldn’t mean anything. I’m happy for all the people in the stands, as well as for the emotions I experienced all these years.”
“Honestly thanking so many people for making my racing career and my life what they are,” added Sebastian Vettel.
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