Sebastian Vettel Announces F1 Retirement

Aston Martin F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel will retire from #F1 at the end of the 2022 season, bringing one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport to a close. Read more from Sebastian, Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack: https://amf1.team/Sebastian

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100+ komentarze:

FORMULA 1
FORMULA 1:
Thank you for absolutely everything, Seb ❤
fpv335
fpv335:
It doesn’t matter what you drove or what you drive now, winning races to wanting to win, you shaped the sport to what it is today and we can’t thank you enough. Your a true role model not only to kids coming into motorsport but to all of humanity. You will be missed and I’m sure this was a decision that wasn’t easy for you to make but you have to do what’s best for yourself and your family. I’m upset that I never got to see you race in person or ever had the chance to meet you but you certainly left a great impression on me and for that all I can say is thank you and thanks for the memories. Best of luck for the remainder of 2022 and beyond.
Aditya Tripathi
Aditya Tripathi:
What a graceful and inspiring farewell message. Well done Seb, there is still a race to win!
Your Unknown Friend  💗
Your Unknown Friend 💗:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
Scott Ableidinger
Scott Ableidinger:
Beautiful statement, Seb. It’s been a privilege to watch you all these years. Wishing you all the best in what comes next.
enigma
enigma:
Really sad to see Sebastien go. He has done so much for not only the sport, but for the humanitarian cause. Can't wait to see what he does next!
Blake
Blake:
You’re amazing, Seb. Your humility and genuineness is what always attracted me to you. You have been an excellent role model for my 2 boys and others kids around the world. Now go relax and enjoy your family, you deserve it.
Keyaan Munshi
Keyaan Munshi:
A great person and a great driver, we all love you Seb. You will be missed🙏🏾❤️
Mark V.G.
Mark V.G.:
Sebastian: back in the day when I was a lazy blob after quitting my studies, I saw you become the youngest world champion. That really got me. That made an impact, seeing myself as a failure, not studying, not working, while you, more or less my age, were winning championships. That got me and made me go back to the engineering school and promised to myself not to be lazy ever again when it was a matter of studies or something I was good at. I finished my engineering with the top score against all careers in my generation. Schumacher will always be the best but you will always be my best when it comes to F1, and a very personal hero. Thank you.
Sun Rivers
Sun Rivers:
I hear Seb say "new generations arrive", but without the talent that he has. For 2 years I have seen how Lerrari has not treated him as he really deserved and that was the beginning of the end. Not always all members of the new generations deserve a seat in F1, but there they are, taking the cars to the wall every weekend. I really hope that one day you come back like Alonso did, because the place of a champion is on the track. Ci rivedremo presto campione!.💚💚🤍🤍❤❤
Krazy Gamer
Krazy Gamer:
😭 It's really hard to believe Seb is really leaving.. his career was incredible. You don't accidentally become a world champion 4 times consecutively. He is the reason I started watching F1 back in 2018. Since Day 1, he's been my favourite F1 driver, and always will be. Danke Sebastian! You're forever my goat! 🐐
Don't read profile photo
Don't read profile photo:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
 Your Unknown Friend
Your Unknown Friend :
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
Madisyn  🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]
Madisyn 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
Bailey 🍆 I am Online 💋 F Uc_k me
Bailey 🍆 I am Online 💋 F Uc_k me:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
Shimotsuki D. Zoro
Shimotsuki D. Zoro:
This really hurts. I've been a Sebastian Vettel fan since I was 8 years old... I'm now 21. Whenever I was going through dark times in life as I grew up, Seb's beautiful smile and wholesome attitude never failed to put a smile on my face. He's one of the most gifted drivers I've ever seen, and he will definitely be missed on the paddock. Thank you, Sebastian.
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JENNIFER- 🥂T[A]P Me!! to Have [𝐒]𝐄𝐗 With 𝐌𝐞:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go
Squatch Gutty
Squatch Gutty:
Well im gonna cry. Thank you Seb. I never thought a man on a screen driving a car could teach me so much about life and help me so much to get through mine. Thank you sir. I wish I can meet you one day to show my gratitude in person
ElfinPurple
ElfinPurple:
I have loved watching you develop as a driver, and as a person over the years you have been racing. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, and the best of luck, to you and you family, for all that the future holds for you! <3
Jeroen Tiel
Jeroen Tiel:
Thank you for all the racing years and the battles fought on track and all the things you brought to F1. Remarkable driver and a understandable choice after all those intense years.
676 767
676 767:
Seb is what got me into F1. Watching him go from a hardly recognized young driver, to the dominating 4 time champion was incredible. Watching him mature more and more with each passing year was awesome, and inspiring. Seb is, and will always be one of the greats. Hope whatever he does makes him happy, and I hope we still get to see him occasionally after his retirement.
Andreas Davour
Andreas Davour:
That was very moving, and a great retirement speech. Thanks Sebastian. You will be missed in F1.
Jex Ter
Jex Ter:
Thanks for sharing this! You've given us fans many years of exciting F1 racing and have always shown humor and grace in the public spotlight, among the best of the best, in a sport where passions very run hot.
Best wishes to you and your family! I look forward to seeing how you'll use your talents in the future. Cheers!
Eliana 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]
Eliana 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
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Raelynn 🍆 29 y.0 -check My V!deo:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
MARIA- 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]
MARIA- 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
PINK- 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]
PINK- 🔥𝐆𝐨 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 [𝐋!𝐯𝐞]:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
👈 Sonia’s Way
👈 Sonia’s Way:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
Carnac The Magnificent
Carnac The Magnificent:
Absolutely beautiful, Seb. Thank you for all you have brought to the sport and life in general. It has been a privilege to watch and learn from you all these years. Best of luck in all your endeavors.
Niemand
Niemand:
"The marks I left on track will stay until time and rain will wash them away" gave me shivers, can't believe he's leaving, but I wish him the best of luck in the future
nihal revankar
nihal revankar:
He is the reason why I fell in love with this sport. Thank you for everything, Seb ❤
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(Camille)_ vℓσg gσ тσ му ¢haηηєℓ!:
Absolutely beautiful, Sebastian is the hero from when I started watching F1 in 2010 and has amazed me every year, whether it's dominating qualifying finding that extra pace where nobody else can, or being the only one to step in humbly and help tidy up rubbish after the race. Sebastian is a legend and a true champion and in my eyes the greatest human being to step inside a formula one car.
TBolt
TBolt:
What a genuinely good guy. We will miss you, Seb! 👍
RedCyanPhotos
RedCyanPhotos:
Thank you! From the teenager I met as a test driver with plenty of dreams, to the driver, husband, father, four-time world F1 champion & all-round good man I know today- You’ve been a pleasure to watch, you’ve been a pleasure to know & we’ve enjoyed watching you grow. You’ve done everything with Grace, dignity, meaning & a whole hell of heart! I hope you enjoy your retirement & whatever challenges face in life & what you choose as your next challenge in the future, I hope you do it with your family around you, surrounded by love, safely & make it be something enjoyable & meaningful- but I know that’s what you’ll do anyway! You don’t do things half bothered or without passion. I know whatever you do in life, all your fans will always be with you too. Please remember to at least drop by a Formula One race or give us a little update from time to time, it would be great to hear from you! You’ve worked hard, entertained us so much & left us with things to think about & act upon. A true champion in every way. Thank you. Happy retirement Sebastian & to the whole Vettel family, enjoy your future.
NoRabidDogz 86
NoRabidDogz 86:
Thank you Seb. I had a feeling this season would be the one where you called it quits, but now that it's actually happening it saddens me. You reminded me why I love F1. You provided me and hopefully everyone else watching F1 with moments of happiness, laughter and sadness that will ONLY ever carry a good memory. We love you Seb. We wish you a fantastic end to the season and the best of luck for your life going forwards.
HONEY RYDER
HONEY RYDER:
Thank you Seb 4 everything you have done for this sport we will miss you a ton!💚
Mangone Samba
Mangone Samba:
No b.s, straight to the point. This how legends are remembered. Thanks for the great time. Hopefully we get to have behind the mic and still in f1
Mark Peavy
Mark Peavy:
Seb, you will be missed! Love the work you did as an F1 driver and look forward to your new adventures. It was always obvious you tackled everything you did with the utmost passion and talent. Thank you!
Franklynn #
Franklynn #:
Thanks Seb for all the wonderful years and magical moments! You are really one of the greatest of all times - on and off track. We will miss you!
Alice Oliveira
Alice Oliveira:
he is one of the reasons that made me go back to watching f1, what a legend 💚
TimF
TimF:
Greatest retirement statement of all time. Thanks, Seb.
Paying it forward by making an F1 seat available to younger generation drivers.
Doug Ball
Doug Ball:
It looked like Seb was getting choked up at the very end. I know I was. What a wonderful and thoughtful human being Seb is. He will be missed on track, but I believe he will find success in his race to better our planet.
Biebs74
Biebs74:
I love you Seb, you're an amazing driver and even more amazing person! I was at your first F1 race in Indianapolis in '07. I know you will continue to do amazing things, but I'll miss seeing you in F1. Cheers and all the best to you!
FR Tommo
FR Tommo:
Without seb i wouldn't have watched f1 at all. He's the one who made me watch f1 when I was 3 or 4 years old when he was in his prime. Thank you seb you will always be my favourite ❤
M B
M B:
A truly exceptional human being, thank you for everything you’ve done for AM as they build their team, and for being an amazing ambassador for the sport! 💚
August E
August E:
Thank you Seb for these great years. We’re going to miss you
Safaa Alwash
Safaa Alwash:
It has been a hell of a ride.
Thank you Sebastian for the amazing journey you gave to the fans.
We love you! 🌟
Dawn C
Dawn C:
Good luck and Godspeed Seb. You are an inspiration to all for standing on your convictions while still being kind. We all may not agree on everything we encounter in life but if we could remember we are all doing the best we can with what we know and treat each other kindly regardless of our differences we all could do so many great things together.
Sourav Mukherjee
Sourav Mukherjee:
I really got emotional to his msg. Loved the way he described the entire journey. I am a big Alonso fan and I know how these 2 guys fought for championships fair and square. Seb will be missed badly in the sport..
Old Toby
Old Toby:
I'm not crying, you're crying...

Thank you Seb, 53 wins, 4 times champion and the overtake thinghy. One of the greatest in modern F1

Wish you all the best!
Joe Dematei
Joe Dematei:
Thank you so much Seb! From the first race I saw you in back in your BMW Sauber days I knew you would be a world champion! You brought so much joy to me over these last 15 years. Thank you!
ThrasherDave14
ThrasherDave14:
Thank you for everything Seb. You have always been a true champion in every sense of the word and an inspiration to millions of people worldwide including myself. I want you to know that even though we will not see you race on Formula 1 tracks once this season's over, myself and many of my fellow F1 fans will never forget you. We will always be rooting for you and hoping to see you continue to win in life and accomplish all your goals. Best of luck in your future endeavors and, once again, thank you for everything you have done for the sport!
Master P
Master P:
Thank You Sebastian I watched your whole F1 career real time as a wonder and you continue to inspire me and so many. Love to you for everything you are, have achieved and are yet to achieve, and to Aston Martin for having you as their first driver in F1 for many, many years. I will be there to watch and be a supporter of your and our collective progress
Chris Hanslo
Chris Hanslo:
Thank you Mr Vettel, for all the years of keeping us entertained, racing your heart out. You're truly one of the best. Have a great life ahead. Thank you.
Frosty
Frosty:
One of the most successful, cheering characters and has had a phenomenal career. I watched Formula One as a kid up until now all because of one driver... Sebastian Vettel. Ever since he has won 4 World Titles, many victories and podiums I can say he will be forever my favourite and will always be. Thank you for everything Sebastian! Your legacy never dies! ❤🏆
Rc Maniek
Rc Maniek:
Szkoda Sebastian że odchodzisz 😔
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E
E:
Thank you Seb you’ve been a literal legend you mean so much to everybody it is very sad to let you go but we must have fun with your family be safe Thank you so much
uni rapide
uni rapide:
Thank you Seb! Inspiring words and very much looking forward to the next chapter in your career! Take care!
A M
A M:
Beautiful, inspiring and caring message. All the best for the future Seb and thank you for what you have given us on and off the track. Hope to see you fulfill your dreams and passions in the future. Big love ❤️
Ellis Jewell
Ellis Jewell:
I never thought someone’s retirement would actually make me sad, but I genuinely welled up. You are a great Sebastian! Thank you for everything you have given us.
Roland Hüse
Roland Hüse:
When Schumacher retired for the first time, I was struggling to pick a new favourite. I really liked Heidfeld though, and this lad came to make his debut as a teammate of Nick, and gave an even better performance as a newbie! Absolutely love this guy since his first race! He is exactly the type of person with whom I could have quite a deep and meaningful conversation about almost anything! Thank you for what you did with, and for this sport! Good luck for the rest of the season, and of course, I wish you even greater luck with everything waiting ahead!
FlyingShite
FlyingShite:
What a legend. An absolute wonder and joy to watch in and out of competition.
Best of luck to him in his future endeavours. F1 will not be the same without him 🙏🏼
Fernando Duarte
Fernando Duarte:
Farewell Sebastian!
I've absolutely enjoyed watching you race over the years, especially the first few years at Red Bull, where every race was for batling the championship versus Fernando Alonso.
To me, those were my favorite years since I watch F1 (about 2004 and as a Fernando Alonso supporter).
I thank you for your sportmanship, your ethics and great talent displayed on every race.
I wish you all the best for what's to come!
Brandon
Brandon:
Thanks Sebastian for being a truly stand-up guy. It's been quite a rollercoaster for you and your followers but I think you have set the example to follow. We'll miss you dearly but hopefully this isn't goodbye but see you later, after Abu Dhabi of course.
Max
Max:
Wishing you a Happy retirement Seb

You've given some of the greatest Memories
Not only as a racing driver but also as person
You've achieved feats we all will remember for the time to come
You've given us moments we will treasure not only as your fans but also as lovers of this sport
You've made us laugh throughout your career
You've given some of us the childhood we will always remember
You're an inspiration to not only the upcoming drivers but also to us fans to become a better person and see the world in a optimistic way

Wishing you happy retirement ❤️
AshyTech 26
AshyTech 26:
We all are going to miss you Seb!!! Good luck in the future! Thank you so much for all the good times.
enlamiradelmundo79
enlamiradelmundo79:
Sebastián, you are by far a top champion among many. You leave us heartbroken with your departure. Thank you for so many memories and laughs along the way. May the next chapters of your life be as fullfilling as the ones you have laydown on the track.
Simply marvelous ✨️👌
vivienne Fortune
vivienne Fortune:
Thank you Sebastian for a truly inspiring and exceptional farewell message. I have never really been a Formula 1 enthusiast but I really liked hearing you winning races every time. You have shaped my idea and love of F1 in same manner that Bjorn Borg shaped and grew my love for Tennis. I love winners and always strive to be an inspiration to those who follow. THANK YOU for sharing your sporting passion with us.
rekleif
rekleif:
If there is one thing I will always remember about you Seb, is your sense of humor. You were part of the most memorable pressers I've ever seen. Thank you Seb❤
P.A. 16 Motorsport
P.A. 16 Motorsport:
Miss you seb! 😭

We will never forget the great driver you have been and we will continue to support the fantastic person you are, keep fighting in what you believe in, we will always be on your side.
Grazie di tutto SEB ♥️
Danke SEB ♥️
레코드라인 RECORD LINE
레코드라인 RECORD LINE:
It's a pity that a player I've loved since I was little has retired. Sebastian Vettel, thank you for your passion for motorsport. You are my eternal hero.
lior yunfh
lior yunfh:
That was very moving, and a great retirement speech. Thanks Sebastian. You will be missed in F1.
Bonehead
Bonehead:
Well said Seb!

Thanks for your commitment to achieve greatness over the years, its that level of commitment that made F1 what it once was! Enjoy your freedom bro! 👊🏻
stegosaurus
stegosaurus:
From very hated to very loved and we all shall love him for what he has done to this sport and will always be a Legend of this sport. WE LOVE YOU SEB ❤️
Alex Liu
Alex Liu:
Thank you for an incredible 16 years, you'll always be one of the greatests of all time both on and off the track. All the best in life Seb, wherever you go 💚
One Juan Won
One Juan Won:
A great driver with a real passion for the sport and whose success in Formula 1 will be cemented in history. Thank you Seb for 15 seasons of brilliance behind the wheel. May the years ahead with family, friends, and new passions be just as fulfilling as your racing career. Cheers mate.
ab.0709
ab.0709:
One of the legends in F1. Thank you for an incredible 16 years Sebastian ❤️
Darth Visceral
Darth Visceral:
I’m so sad to see Seb retiring at the end of the year… I really hoped that the move to Aston Martin would have re-lit the fire for him to compete for another championship.

Unfortunately though, the cars lack of competitive performance hasn’t allowed him to get the results he needed to fight for the title like the champion he is.

I Thank you Seb for absolutely everything you’ve done in F1, you’ve truely been a pleasure to watch & will be greatly missed.

Enjoy spending time with your family, you’ve earned it & I wish all the best for the future, whatever you decide to do next
Trevor Grafflin
Trevor Grafflin:
I have watched him from day one in F1 to now, and he has been exemplary, to a point. He has been a giant on the track, but even more off it. It has been our pleasure as fans of hime, or F1 to watch this racer and be wowed every time he did something. Whatever he does now he will be brilliant, and I cannot wait to see what it is. Thanks for everything on track Seb, you are a true champion in it's truest form.
Katherine Marsh
Katherine Marsh:
He’s the reason I began watching F1. End of an era, I feel like I’m getting old now 🥺
Deto Qcney
Deto Qcney:
What a graceful and inspiring farewell message. Well done Seb, there is still a race to win!
Eric Larson
Eric Larson:
This is heartbreaking. I really thought he was going to wait it out at AS. Thanks for everything, Seb
Romain Lambert
Romain Lambert:
We'll miss you so much, thanks for everything you did et every beautiful moments and emotions through all those years. All the best for the next part of your life ❤️
Bug in a Rug #ROAD TO 75
Bug in a Rug #ROAD TO 75:
NOOO!!! We will miss you so much Seb!! You will always be remembered in the sport ❤
nb9797
nb9797:
Actually brought me to tears. Probably the best retirement announcement I've ever heard
Great Dane Channel
Great Dane Channel:
Thank you Seb! Great message. So much more than a retirement announcement! ❤️❤️❤️
Samuel H
Samuel H:
Love everything youve done seb carry in being the great person you are ❤️❤️❤️
Kurlee Daddee
Kurlee Daddee:
Class act all the way to the end. Thank you for the memories Vettel. I still throw up the finger "#1" and smile from time to time. Two Stoages.
Kevin D
Kevin D:
Amazing human being! Thanks Seb for your time you have given us and the sport! You look after your family now enjoy every minute of it wish you well in all your future goals 💜💙💜💙
Yoda 68zac
Yoda 68zac:
It's been a privilege to watch your journey Seb. From a youthful narrow field of vision to a very wide angle lens and developing passionate compassion. Thank you Seb, you're all class.
Aroha nui (much love)
GenuineParts
GenuineParts:
Seb, it's been an honor and privilege to see you on Track. You're one of the good ones. I hope whatever the Future holds for you will be even more fulfilling than what you did in F1, it won't be an easy task but I know you can make it that way. Keep on fighting the good fights, and keep loving the people close to you as much as you can. I'll be a little sad to see you go, but it'll be also really exciting to watch where you pop up next. All the best from me, you certainly deserve everything good coming your way!
Bolia Fops
Bolia Fops:
We all are going to miss you Seb!!! Good luck in the future! Thank you so much for all the good times.
Pablo Fangio
Pablo Fangio:
Te vamos a extrañar Seb. Extraordinario piloto y mejor ser humano. Que seas feliz y gracias por tanto.
Yusuf Iğnak
Yusuf Iğnak:
We'll miss you Seb, for everything. For all the joy, fun, kindness and how a goldenheartes you have given to us for 15-20 years.
Bobby Spade
Bobby Spade:
That was absolutely the best thing I’ve Seen from Formula 1 or any particular team in a very long time. My respect for him just grew tenfold and although I’ve never rooted for him on track, I’m definitely rooting for him and this next chapter of his life. Go Seb Go!
bilij pdan
bilij pdan:
he is one of the reasons that made me go back to watching f1, what a legend
Ilia Vettel
Ilia Vettel:
Thank you, Sebastian, for all you`ve done in the F1. Been your fan since i was 14... It was glorious times. We`ll miss you.
Azfar Azmi
Azfar Azmi:
Will be missing you Seb5, living legend. Pure talent, super high class attitude and an exceptional sportmanship.
Yannis Andrei
Yannis Andrei:
Seb is the guy that got me into F1 and I just wanna thank him for that. You are a legend both on and off the track and we will miss you. Best of luck for whatever comes next. Danke
T3X_7200
T3X_7200:
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, 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. I very much believe in identity by who we are, and how we treat others rather than what we do.

Who am I?

I'm 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 it's 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 favourite colour 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 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 has shifted from winning races and fighting for championships to see my children grow, passing on my values, helping them up when they fall, listening to them what 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 it 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 come with certain aspects that I have learned to dislike. They might be solved in the future but the 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.

- Sebastian Vettel

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EDIT: Danke Seb for all those years you have worked for, we will always remember for everything you have done to Formula One and World Motorsports. Take care.