Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel announces retirement

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Sebastian Vettel has announced he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the current season.

The four-time world champion confirmed the news on his Instagram page this morning. The news is no real surprise following a largely disappointing 18 months with Aston Martin since his departure from the Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season.

“I hereby announce my retirement from Formula One by the end of the 2022 season," he said. "Probably I should start with a long list of people. To thank now but I feel it is more important to explain the reasons behind my decision.

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“I love this sport. It has been central to my life since I can remember. But as much as there is life on track, there is my life off track too. Being a racing driver has never been my sole identity. I very much believe in identity by who we are and how we treat others rather than what we do.”

He added: “Who am I? I am Sebastian, father of three children and husband to the wonderful woman. I am curious and easily fascinated by passionate or skills people.

“I was obsessed with perfection. I am tolerant and feel we all have the same rights to live, no matter what we look like, where we come from and who we love.

“I love being outside and love nature and its wonders. I am stubborn and impatient. I can be really annoying. I like chocolate and the smell of fresh bread. My favourite colour is blue. I believe in change and progress and believe that every little bit makes a difference.

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“I am an optimist and I believe people are good. Next to racing, I have grown a family and I love being around them. I have grown other interests outside Formula One.

“My passion and energy towards Formula 1 comes with a lot of time spent away from them and takes a lot of energy. Committing to my passion the way I did and the way I think it is right does no longer go side by side with my wish to be a great father and husband.

“The energy it takes to become one with the car and the team, to chase perfection takes focus and commitment. My goals have shifted from winning races and fighting for championships to seeing my children grow, passing on my values, helping them up when they fall, listening to them when they needed me, not having to say goodbye and most importantly being able to learn from them and let them inspire me.”


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