Vettel, four-time F1 world champion, will retire at the end of the season

German Aston-Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 world champion, announced on Thursday that he would retire at the end of this season.

Vettel, four-time F1 world champion, will retire at the end of the season

German Aston-Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 world champion, announced on Thursday that he would retire at the end of this season.

“The decision to stop F1 at the end of the year was difficult and I thought about it a lot. At the end of the year, I want to take the time to think about what I want to do next,” said Vettel, quoted in a press release from his team released before the Hungarian GP this weekend.

“As a father, I want to spend more time with my family. Today is not about saying goodbye, but rather saying thank you to everyone, starting with the fans without whom Formula 1 could not exist.

Vettel, 35, won four world championship titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Red Bull.

Winner of 53 Grands Prix, he is second only to Briton Lewis Hamilton (103 victories) and his compatriot Michael Schumacher (91). After moving to Ferrari from 2015 to 2020, he joined Aston Martin in 2021 without winning any races there so far.

Vettel had failed during his time at Ferrari to offer the Italian team a new world drivers' title, which would have been the first since that of Finn Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

Thanked by the Italian brand in rather stormy conditions when the Scuderia was at the bottom of the wave, Vettel had found refuge at Aston Martin, the team of Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll whose son, Lance, is currently his teammate.

After a difficult 2021 season which saw him only finish 12th in the championship, Vettel currently sits 14th in the provisional standings with just 15 points.

Date of birth: July 3, 1987

Place of birth: Heppenheim (Germany)

Nationality: German

Height: 1.74m

2022 stable: Aston Martin (Mercedes engine)

Race number: 5

Awards in F1:

World Champion 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

GPs played: 289

Teams: BMW-Sauber (August 2006-July 2007), Toro Rosso (August 2007-2008), Red Bull (2009-2014), Ferrari (2015-2020), Aston Martin (since 2021)

Grand Prix debut: Turkish GP in August 2006

Racing debut: USA 2007 (8th)

First win: Italy 2008

Last victory: Singapore 2019

Wins: 53

Podiums (wins included): 122

Pole positions: 57

Best rounds: 38

Points scored: 3076

Ranking in the Drivers' World Championship: 1st (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), 2nd (2009, 2017, 2018), 3rd (2015), 4th (2016), 5th (2014, 2019), 8th (2008), 12th (2021), 13th (2020), 14th (2007, 2022, to July 28)

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