Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel announced on Instagram that he will retire from Formula 1 racing at the end of 2020
Sebastian, who made his F1 debut in 2007, took to Instagram to share with his followers why he was leaving the sport.
The four-time world champion said: “My goals have shifted from winning races and fighting for championships to seeing my kids grow up.”
Sebastian is third on the all-time list of Grand Prix winners with 53 career wins, behind only Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.
In a statement released by Aston-Martinthe driver added: “Today is not about saying goodbye.
“Rather, it’s about saying thank you – to everyone – not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula 1 could not exist.”
- Sebastian is 35 years old
- Born: July 3, 1987 – Heppenheim, Germany
- Lives: Thurgau, Switzerland
- Partner: Hanna Prater (m.2019)
- Children: Emilie (8) and Matilda (6)
- Net worth: $140 million
Formula 1 drivers and teams have supported Sebastian’s decision to retire and have taken to social media to thank him for his work.
Driving legend Lewis Hamilton spearheaded the tributes for the German driver, saying: “Seb, it’s been an honor to call you a competitor and an even greater honor to call you my friend.
“Leaving this sport better than you found it is always the goal.”
Fans were quick to point out Haas driver Mick Schumacher’s emotional tribute as the two share a special relationship.
The son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher was taken under Vettel’s wing after his father supported Sebastian in his early days in the sport.
Schumacher wrote several tweets to the driver, saying: “I’m so sad that you’re leaving, but at the same time I’m excited for you and this new chapter in your life. You were and still are such an important person to me and I am grateful for our friendship.”
Mercedes driver George Russell said on Twitter: “Enjoy your retirement Seb, you are a true F1 legend! You will be missed mate.”
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz also shared a thread on Twitter in which he said: “It has been an absolute pleasure and a great honor to have spent all these years with a person like you.”
Who is Sebastian Vettel?
Sebastian Vettel is a Formula 1 driver who has been racing since 2007.
Sebastian won all of his four World Championships while racing for the Red Bull team between 2010 and 2013.
The rider is the third-placed rider with 53 wins and 122 podiums over his 15-year career.
Before his skiing accident that took the driver out of the spotlight, Michael Schumacher was one of Sebastian Vettel’s biggest supporters on track and took the driver under his wing.
Despite his retirement in 2012, Schumacher is the second most successful driver, just behind Lewis Hamilton.
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick now drives under Haas in Formula 1 and Vettel has become almost a father figure to the young driver whose father is clearly unable to race.
Lewis Hamilton is the highest-placed driver in Formula 1 with the most wins of any driver.
Hamilton has been racing since 2007 and faced Vettel in 2017 and 2018 as his biggest rival.
In 2021, Hamilton was knighted by the Queen in the New Years Honours.
Lance Stroll has been Sebastian Vettel’s teammate at Aston Martin since 2021.
Stroll’s career began in 2017 when the Canadian joined the Williams team before joining Racing Point in 2018, which later became Aston Martin.
The driver is currently 18th in this year’s F1 championship.