Pilot Sebastian Vettel will end his playing phase in Formula 1 with the conclusion of this season. The 35-year-old German, a four-time world champion, revealed via his newly created Instagram account on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix that he will be leaving the Grand Circus at the end of 2022.
Vettel made his F1 debut in 2006 and enjoys the height of his success with Red Bull, winning the world championship every year between 2010 and 2013. He joined Ferrari in 2015 before moving to Aston Martin for 2021. 53 wins at the Grand Prix so far, surpassed only by the British Lewis Hamilton (103 wins) and his compatriot Michael Schumacher (91).
“Committing to my passion the way I did and the way I thought no longer goes hand in hand with my desire to be a great father and husband,” Vettel said in two videos that aired in black and white. English and one in German), in which the German pilot takes a close look at the camera. As soon as his announcement was revealed, the quadruple champion received congratulations from colleagues, formula leaders and fans.
“I announce my retirement from F1 at the end of the 2022 season. I should probably start now with a long list of people to thank, but I think it is more important to explain the reasons for my decision. I love the sport. It’s been the center of my life for as long as I can remember, but as life is on track, my life is far from it. Being a racing driver has never been my only identity. I’m very familiar I believe: what we do matters more than who we are and how we treat others.
Who am I? I’m Sebastian. Father of three children and husband of a wonderful woman. I get easily fascinated by curious and enthusiastic or skilled people. I am obsessed with perfection, I am tolerant and I believe that we all have an equal right to live, no matter how we are, where we come from and who we love. I like to be outside. I love nature and its wonders, I am stubborn and impatient. I can be very upset. I like to make people laugh, I love the smell of chocolate and fresh bread. My favorite color is blue. I believe in change, progress and that every little detail makes a difference. I am an optimist and I believe that people are good.
Apart from racing, I have raised a family and I love being with them. I have cultivated other interests outside of F1. My passion for racing and F1 has been far from it for a long time, and it requires a lot of energy. Committing to my passion the way I did and the way I thought was right no longer has to do with my desire to be a great father and husband. It takes focus and commitment to be one with the car and the energy it takes for the team to achieve perfection.
My goals range from winning races and fighting for championships to watching my kids grow, insulating my values, helping them rise when they fall, listening to them when they need it, not saying goodbye and most importantly, not saying goodbye. Children are our future, being able to learn from them and inspire me. At the same time, I think there is a lot to learn and learn about life and about myself. Talking about the future, I think we live in very defined times and how we all shape up in these next few years will determine our lives.
My obsession is with some aspects that I have learned that I do not like, they may be resolved in the future but the desire to implement that change has to be much stronger, and take it into action today. Talking isn’t enough and we can’t wait. no option. the race is on.
best race? is yet to come. I think we should go ahead and move on. Time is a one-way street, and I want to go with the times. Looking back will only slow you down. I look forward to running on unknown tracks and will find new challenges. The marks left by me on the track will remain for time and the rain will wash them away. New ones will be added. Tomorrow belongs to those who shape today. The next curve is in good hands, as the new generation has already been introduced.
I think the race to win is yet to come. Goodbye, and thanks for letting me share the track with you. I loved every moment.”