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Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel announces retirement

Aston Martin announced the news of Vettel retiring after this season.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 28 July 2022 4:32 pm

Sebastian Vettel

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who currently drives for Aston Martin, has announced retirement from the sport. The German driver, who is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport, will walk off the tracks after the 2022 season concludes. Aston Martin announced the news of Vettel retiring after this season.

“Aston Martin F1 driver and four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel calls time on one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport,” said the F1 Constructors in a statement. Notably, Vettel lies third on the all-time list of Grand Prix winners, with 53 victories, behind only Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91). However, the 2022 season has not gone as desired for the German as he has failed to get a single podium finish so far.

Nonetheless, Vettel has decided to call a time on the glittering career that saw him race for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Aston Martin, and Ferrari. “I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula One over the past 15 years – there are far too many to mention and thank,” said Vettel in the statement released by Aston Martin.

“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 One could not exist.”

We respect his decision: Lawrence Stroll

Aston Martin Executive Chairman also reacted to Vettel’s news of retirement and thanked him for his service at the team. He then revealed that Aston Martin had plans to extend Vettel’s contract for next season but as he has now decided to retire, everyone respects his decision. “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,” said Stroll.

 

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