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Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel announces retirement from F1 at the end of 2022 season

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Four-time Formula 1 World Champion and current Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement from the motorsport at the end of the 2022 season. The German, who made his debut with BMW Sauber in the 2007 United States Grand Prix, revealed the news via his newly created Instagram account – his first foray into social media.
Vettel won all four of his championships with Red Bull, all coming consecutively from 2010 to 2013, which puts him third on the list of all-time leading Formula 1 World Championship winners, on a tie with Alain Prost. At just 23 years and 134 days old, Sebastian Vettel had become the youngest F1 Drivers’ Champion in 2010, and continues to hold the title after over a decade.
He is also third on the all-time list of Grand Prix winners with 53 victories to his name. Unfortunately, the German has scored just one podium during his stint at Aston Martin where his contract expires at the end of 2022. The news comes ahead of the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, with Vettel currently 14th on the table with 15 points.

Sebastian Vettel

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Vettel won four titles on the bounce with Red Bull from 2010-2013. Pictured here after winning the 2013 title at the Indian Grand Prix.

“The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it; at the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next; it is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family. But today is not about saying goodbye. Rather, it is about saying thank you – to everyone – not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula 1 could not exist.”
Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll said: “I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half. We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that.”
“He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off,” Stroll added. Vettel’s departure at the end of the season leaves a huge vacancy in the Aston Martin team and it is yet to be seen if they would sign an existing experienced Formula 1 driver from a different team, or go with a new driver altogether to fill the spot.

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