The four-time Formula 1 World Champion will hang up his racing boots at the end of the ongoing 2022 season.
German driver Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season. Vettel, who was previously not present on social media site Instagram, announced his retirement in a video message on his newly created account. He currently races for the Aston Martin Formula 1 team, alongside Lance Stroll.
Vettel’s F1 career has stretched for more than 15 years, in which time he crossed the chequered line first on 53 occasions, was on the podium 122 times, started from first 57 times, had the fastest lap in a race 38 times, racked up a total of 3076 career points, and won four driver championships.
The German driver started his F1 career with BMW Sauber in 2006, as a reserve and test driver, before moving to Toro Rosso (Red Bull’s sister team and current day Alpha Tauri) for the 2007 and 2008 season. In 2009, he signed for Red Bull, and from 2010 to 2013, he won four Formula World Driver’s Championships in a row with them. At the end of the 2014 season, he moved on to Ferrari, where he raced from 2015 till 2020, and while he did return to the top step of the podium, Vettel failed to get his hands on the WDC title again.
In 2021, he moved to Aston Martin in search of ‘greener pastures’, but his time with the British racing team didn’t really create any significant highlight reel moments, apart from a podium finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but he was later disqualified from the race for not being able to produce a fuel sample. While he ended the season in the 12th spot in the driver’s ranking, he did manage to lay his hands on the newly implemented Overtake Award with a total of 132 overtakes in the season.
Vettel is aiming for one last win before the 2022 season ends, to end his stay in Formula 1 on a high. This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will also be Vettel’s 300th Grand Prix!
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