After 15 seasons under his belt, the four-time world champion has decided to hang up his helmet at the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season. He has a fine track record with 53 victories, 57 pole positions and 122 podiums. In 2013, he entered the legend by winning 4 titles in a row, equaling Alain Prost. But since his arrival in F1, the sport has changed a lot. At 36, the German has other priorities and prefers to concentrate on his family life. A few weeks ago, the former driver made his appearance on the Nürburgring circuit on the Nordschleife loop aboard the RB7, a car he loves, because he won a second title with it. During an interview on Sky Sport, Sebastian Vettel spoke about a potential return.
Back soon ?
During the interview, Vettel did not rule out a return to the premier category of motorsport. Several of his comrades have already made a comeback after several seasons without riding. This is the case for Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and recently Nico Hulkenberg. With Audi arriving in 2026, this could be its entry ticket. According to him, he should work on his physique before coming back. After several months without riding, certain parts of the body are no longer used, such as the neck.
“I can’t say no, because we don’t know. I think if you had asked them all, some of them probably would have said ‘no’. And some of them, in the end, came back. So, I can’t rule it out. It will probably depend a lot on the timing. But obviously, it’s not indefinite, because at 36 years old, I can’t say that it will be in ten years [qu’il revient]. Maybe I think about it, then time has passed but it will depend on the challenge. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, because it’s not on my mind right now. Yes, but because I want to, not because I want to come back or if someone gets injured I’m going to replace them, not because of that. On the other hand, I think my neck is not fit…but everything else is in pretty good shape, pretty good, I would say.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 14, 2023
Sebastian Vettel was behind the wheel of the 2011 Red Bull RB7 this Saturday on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife!
— Off Track (@OffTrack_FR) September 11, 2023
Newly retired, Sebastian Vettel said goodbye to Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season. Recently, he spoke about a potential return to the grid. He does not exclude this option.
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