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Vettel: “It’s been an absolute joy throughout my career”

The German driver reflected on his retirement from Formula 1

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4-times World Champion Sebastian Vettel finished his last race in Formula 1. Reflecting on his career after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the German reflected on the past years. 

Sebastian Vettel driving for Aston Martin
Sebastian Vettel driving for Aston Martin. Image Credit: Aston Martin F1 Media

With 299 Grand Prix, 122 podiums, 57 poles, 53 race wins, and 4 World Championships, Sebastian Vettel finishes his career as one of the most successful drivers in Formula 1. During his last race in Abu Dhabi, Vettel conquered P10 and one last point in F1.

He then went on to thank fans and reflect on his history in the sport, as he told Formula 1: “I feel a bit empty, to be honest, it’s been a big weekend. It was a bit of a different warm-up today to get into the race, but once the lights go off it’s full-on race mode.

“Obviously, we didn’t go for maybe the best strategy, so it was a shame because I think we could have turned the constructors’ championship around for us. But overall, obviously a big day and a big thank you to all the support so many flags, so many smiling faces which has been very, very special. And yeah, I’m sure I’m going to miss more than I understand right now.”

Vettel: more than a driver

Vettel’s legacy will remain a formidable example of sportsmanship, especially through his efforts in promoting important causes and debates inside and outside the Circus. Consequently, he went on to explain the importance of his stance: “I think the last two years have been maybe disappointing from a sporting point of view, but very, very useful and important to me in my life.”

“A lot of things happened, a lot of things that I realised. I think it’s a huge privilege being in the position that we are in and with that comes some responsibility, so I hope to pass on a little bit to the other drivers to carry on some of the good work.

“It’s great to see that we have the power to inspire you with what we do and what we say. I think there are far bigger, and far more important things than racing in circles. But obviously, it’s what we love and through that if we can transfer some of the really important values, that’s big. And I think for that the last two years have been great for me.

“So, thank you for the support. Thank you for the messages, the letters and all the love in general. I will miss that, but it’s been an absolute joy throughout my career, so thank you.”

Headline Image: Aston Martin F1 Team Media 

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