Today (28 July 2022) Sebastian Vettel has officially announced that he will not continue as a driver in Formula 1 after the 2022 season is over. The 4-time F1 world champion was publicly announced on his personal Instagram account.
The last few months have been very thick with the news of the retirement of this Aston Martin team racer. Some media speculated that Seb's behavior, as Sebastian Vettel calls him, outside the race looks more different.
A reporter for SkySportsF1, Ted Kravitz, had time to give his opinion on Vettel's behavior outside the race. Ted has argued that Seb's behavior has recently been as if he were retiring at the end of the season.
"Sebastian appears to be behaving in some specific and critical ways, such as taking his kids to the race track in Austria, which shows me that he will be making this his final year in Formula 1." -Ted Kravits (SkySportsF1 reporter)
Ted Kravits also added to the activities of Vettel who had driven several classic cars in several F1 races. The last time he brought an Aston Martin TT1 at the Paul Ricard circuit, the car was the first Aston Martin car to be used to race in Formula 1 in 1922.
These are Sebastian Vettel's Farewell announcing his retirement at the end of the 2022 season
Sebastian Vettel announced his decision to retire on his newly created Instagram page. Vettel made 2 posts at once with the same content but using different languages. The first post is in English and the second is in German.
The following are the contents or words of Sebastian Vettel when announcing his retirement plans in English.
"I hereby announce my retirement from Formula One by the end of the 2022 season.
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.
I love this sport. I 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.
Who am I?
I am Sebastian, father of three children and husband to a wonderful woman. I am curious and easily fascinated by passionate or skilled people. I am 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 to make people laugh. I like chocolate and the smell of fresh bread. My favorite color is blue.
I believe in change and progress and that every little bit makes a difference. 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 for racing and Formula One comes with lots of time spent away from them and takes a log 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. Children are our future.
Further, I feel there is so much to explore and learn. About life and about myself. Speaking of the future, I feel we live in very decisive times. And how we all shape these next years will determine our lives.
My passion comes with certain aspects that I have learned to dislike. They might be solved in the future but we will to apply that change has to grow much much stronger and has to be leading to action today.
Talk is not enough and we can not afford to wait. There is no alternative. The race is underway.
My best race? Still to come.
I believe in moving forwards and moving on. Time is a one-way street and I want to go with the times. Looking back is only going to slow you down. I look forward to race down unknown tracks and I will be finding new challenges.
The marks I left on track will stay until time and rain will wash them away. New ones will be put down. Tomorrow belongs to those shaping today. The next corner is in good hands as the new generation has already turned in. I believe there is still a race to win.
Farewell and thanks for letting me share the track with you. I loved every bit of it.
THERE IS STILL A RACE TO WIN" -Sebastian Vettel
Will still be racing?
It's a pretty long announcement. Vettel himself admits that his focus has now changed, from wanting to be the best driver and wanting to help the team now wanting to focus on his family and watching his growth.
In his video, Vettel also tells about the race but it is still a mystery whether in terms of the quality of the race or just as figurative words. We know that Vettel is also very active off the track with his social activities, maybe the race in question is also related to his activities in social activities.
What do you think about this surprising announcement from Sebastian Vettel who is retiring? Of course, the reporters will not be silent either when the announcement also coincides with race week which means Seb will soon meet with the reporters and will provide confirmation or information about his retirement announcement.
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