Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season, via a post on his new Instagram account. The Aston Martin F1 driver has uploaded a video explaining his departure.
In France, he explained that he was thinking about the future and possibly wanted to continue in the discipline, but the four-time world champion finally decided to leave F1 at the end of his second season with Aston Martin.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with so many great people in Formula 1 over the past 15 years, too many to mention and thank. For the past two years I’ve driven for the Aston Martin F1 team – and although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, I am very clear that everything a team needs is ready to compete at the highest level for years to come.”
“I really enjoyed working with such a great group of people. Everyone – Lawrence, Lance, Martin, Mike, senior managers, engineers, mechanics and the rest of the team – are ambitious, capable, knowledgeable, committed and friendly, and I wish them all the best of luck.”
“Hopefully the work I did last year and continue to do this year will be useful in developing a winning team in the future, and I will work as hard as I can until the end of the year with that goal in mind, giving myself best in the last 10 races as always.”
“The decision to retire was a tough one for me and I spent a lot of time thinking about it. At the end of the year, I want to spend a little more time thinking about what I’m going to do. I’m leaving. focus -me next, I am very clear that as a father I want to spend more time with my family, but today is not about saying goodbye, but about thanking – everyone – and especially the fans, without the passionate of which Formula 1 support could not exist.”
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Matin, “I would like to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work he has done for the Aston Martin F1 Team over the last year and a half.”
“We made it clear to him that we wanted him to stay with us next year, but in the end he did what he thought was right for him and his family, and of course we respect that. He’s had some fantastic races for us. and behind the scenes his experience and expertise with our engineers has been invaluable.”
“He is one of Formula 1’s all-time greats, and it has been a privilege to have worked with him. He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix . We’ll say a fabulous goodbye.”
It’s certainly a disappointment for Mike Krack, the team’s CEO who still believed in the final hours that Vettel could continue.
“Sebastian is an excellent driver – fast, intelligent and strategic – and of course we will miss those qualities. However, we all learned from him, and the knowledge we gained working with him will continue to benefit our team long after his departure. Aston Martin F1 is a great project, with unlimited potential, and the foundations that Sebastian laid last year, and continues to lay this year, are crucial, as we we will become fully competitive – and we will – one of the architects of this future success will be Sebastià, and we will always be grateful to him.”