Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has announced he will retire at the end of the 2022 F1 season.
The German has confirmed that he will bring down the curtain on a glittering F1 career that began 14 years ago as a fresh-faced 20-year-old at Toro Rosso.
He won four consecutive drivers’ championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, becoming one of the greatest drivers of all time.
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He then switched to Ferrari at the top level and finished second twice, failing to replicate the feat of his compatriot and hero Michael Schumacher.
He then signed with Aston Martin at the start of 2021 and will leave at the end of the season, despite reports that he has an option for a third year in his contract.
“The decision to retire has been difficult for me to make, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Vettel said in a statement. “At the end of the year, I want to take some time to reflect on my next focus; being a father, it’s clear to me that I want to spend more time with my family.”
But today is not about saying goodbye. Instead, it’s a thank you to the fans – everyone – without whose loving support Formula 1 can’t exist.
Vettel has 53 race wins – behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Schumacher (91) – 122 podiums and 57 poles.
His 13 wins in the 2013 season
More to come.