Sebastian Vettel to retire from Formula 1 at end of 2022 season

Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel is set to retire at the end of 2022 season, the German driver announced on social media on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.

FILE PHOTO: Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel. | Photo Credit: AP

Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel is set to retire at the end of 2022 season, the German driver announced on social media on Thursday.

Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2022 season, the German driver announced on social media on Thursday. Vettel is currently third on the list of all-time Grand Prix winners with 53 victories, trailing only Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

In a video on Instagram, Vettel said, “I hereby announce my retirement from Formula One by the end of the 2022 season.”

“...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.....”

“Next to racing, I have grown a family and I love being around them. I have grown other interests outside Formula One. My passion for racing and Formula One comes with lost 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 need me, not having to say goodbye and most importantly, being able to learn from them and let them inspire me.

The 35-year-old Vettel, who currently driver for Aston Martin, won four consecutive titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. He had made his F1 debut, driving for BMW-Sauber at the 2007 US Grand Prix.

Vettel also had stints at Toro Rosso and Ferrari. Aston Martin has made no announcement about a replacement for Vettel next season.

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