Vettel reveals he will RETIRE from F1 at the end of the season

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel confirms he will RETIRE from Formula One at the end of the season… just weeks after revealing he was considering walking away from the sport amid concerns over climate change and the environment

  • Sebastian Vettel will retire from F1 following December’s race in Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Marina event will mark the four-time world champion’s 300th race in F1
  • The 35-year-old’s retirement comes weeks after sharing environmental concern
  • But he admits decision to walk away from the sport has been a ‘difficult one’ 
  • Vettel’s four world titles make him the sport’s fourth most successful driver ever 

Sebastian Vettel has announced he is retiring from Formula One at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old will bring the curtain down on a career which yielded four world championships and 53 wins.

Vettel, who started his F1 career midway through the 2007 season and enjoyed his best years with Red Bull, made the announcement ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The German’s decision to walk away from the sport comes just weeks after telling Sportsmail that he was considering his F1 exit due to his concerns over the environment and climate change, which he felt was not being properly addressed by the sport.

He said: ‘I have had so many races and so much fun, so it is a bigger decision, but certainly it does play a role.

‘Looking where the future is going, the truth is I am worried – I am worried for my children [Emilie and Matilda] first of all, for their future, but also for myself. Whatever the decision will be, it is not done yet and we will take all of these things into account.

‘F1 is a global platform and a global sport, we travel around the world and we need to make sure we do that responsibly and not keep going back and forth.’

‘We go to Baku and then to Canada, before coming back here [Silverstone], which does not make a great deal of sense when you have had a race in Miami already.

‘We just need a bit more structure. We have to string together the calendar in a way that makes sense. That is an easy win and quite a big win.’

The Aston Martin driver, who lies 14th in the championship, said: ‘I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula One over the past 15 years – there are far too many to mention and thank.

‘The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it.

‘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. Rather, it is about saying thank you – to everyone – not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula One could not exist.’


Vettel won four consecutive titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013 before joining Ferrari two years later.

The German was hired to end Ferrari’s title drought but failed – and was ultimately dropped by the Italian team at the end of 2019.

Vettel moved to Aston Martin team ahead of their return to the Formula One grid after decades away.

But the British-based team have struggled for results, with Vettel deciding to walk away rather than continue for another campaign.

He added: ‘Over the past two years I have been an Aston Martin driver – and, although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, it is very clear to me that everything is being put together that a team needs to race at the very highest level for years to come.

‘I have really enjoyed working with such a great bunch of people.

‘I hope that the work I did last year and am continuing to do this year will be helpful in the development of a team that will win in the future, and I will work as hard as I can between now and the end of the year with that goal in mind, giving as always my best in the last 10 races.’

Vettel will sign off at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November which will mark his 300th race.

Lawrence Stroll – the Canadian fashion billionaire who owns Aston Martin – paid tribute to Vettel.

He said: ‘I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half.

‘We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that.

‘He has driven some fantastic races for us, and, behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers have been extremely valuable.

‘He is one of the all-time greats of Formula One, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work 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 entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off.’

Vettel will sign off at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November which will mark his 300th race.

Lawrence Stroll – the Canadian fashion billionaire who owns Aston Martin – paid tribute to Vettel.

He said: ‘I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half.

‘We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that.

‘He has driven some fantastic races for us, and, behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers have been extremely valuable.

‘He is one of the all-time greats of Formula One, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work 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 entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off.’




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