OFFICIAL: Vettel to retire from F1 after 2022 season

He will leave F1 after 15 seasons and announces it in one of the toughest years

Vettel will walk away with four titles, 53 wins, 57 poles and 122 podiums

Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German will leave the Grand Cirque at the end of the 2022 season after 15 seasons in the premier category.

Sebastian Vettel’s continuity was one of the issues to be resolved this year. The German had a contract with Aston Martin until the end of 2022 and the team made it clear he would be their number one option for 2023 and it would be their decision whether or not to continue in Formula 1.

Sebastian was a thoughtful decision and it came as a surprise. In his last communications, in fact, he showed his willingness to leave. However, a few hours ago, he was surprised to create an account on Instagram, after a life without social networks. It was for nothing more than to announce his withdrawal, as we learned at 12:00 CEST this Thursday morning.

“I hereby announce my retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season. I should probably start with a long list of people to thank, but I think it is more important to explain my reasons led to this decision,” Sebastian shared his farewell message.

“I love this sport. It has been the center of my life for as long as I can remember, but just as there is life within sight, so is my off-piste life,” added l ‘German.

“Being a driver has never been my only identity. I think identity is who we are and how we treat others rather than what we do. Who am I? I’m Sebastian, father of three children and husband of a wonderful woman. I am curious and easily fascinated by passionate people who have skills. I’m obsessed with perfection,” he continued.

“I am tolerant and believe that we all have the same right to live, no matter what we look like, where we come from or who we love. I love being outdoors and I love nature and its wonders. I am stubborn and impatient I can be really boring I like to make people laugh I love chocolate and the smell of freshly baked bread My favorite color is blue I believe in change and progress and that makes a small difference,” he said.

“I’m optimistic and I believe in kind people. Alongside racing, I’ve created a family and I love being with them. I also have other interests outside of Formula 1. My passion for racing and for F1 involves a long time away from them and a lot of energy. Engaging in my passion as I did and in the way I thought was right is no longer compatible with my desire to be a good father and husband.“, added.

“The energy of being one with the car and the team, of striving for perfection takes focus and commitment. My goals have gone from winning races and fighting for championships to seeing my children grow and transmit values, help them when they fall, listen when they need it, without having to say goodbye to them and above all, learn from them and let them inspire me. Children are our future”, a- he continued.

“Beyond that, I think there’s too much to explore and learn about life and about myself. Speaking of the future, I think we live in very decisive times and I think how we all act these years will decide our lives,” he said.

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