Tuesday, 16 August, 2022

Four-time world champion Vettel to retire from F1

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the 2022 season, he announced on Thursday, reports AFP.  “The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Vettel, 35, said in an Aston Martin team statement. “At the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next; it is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family. But today is not about saying goodbye.” Vettel won four successive championships with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013 and his 53 Grand Prix victories place him third on the all-time list behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel last won a race in Singapore in 2019. The German made his F1 debut with Sauber at the United States Grand Prix in 2007. He joined Toro Rosso that same year and raced the final seven races of the season. He then spent a full season with Toro Rosso before making the step up to Red Bull in 2009. Vettel’s first title in 2010, aged 23 years and 134 days, saw him become the youngest world champion in history.