Former F1 Driver Had Serious Doubts Over Sebastian Vettel Retiring From F1

Published 09/18/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel gets out of the car before the start of the race due to bad weather Pool via REUTERS/John Thys


Sebastian Vettel has extended his contract with the Aston Martin team. He will race for the British team in the 2022 season as well, and cited his excitement to race with the new cars as one of the main reasons behind his contract extension.

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Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher also expressed his delight on the news of Vettel’s new contract. However, he was doubtful whether the four-time world champion would continue racing beyond 2021.

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Ralf Schumacher “really happy” about Sebastian Vettel staying in F1

As reported by Speedweek, Schumacher mentioned it is great for the sport that Vettel will stay in F1 for the 2022 season. He also stated it would have a loss for F1 to lose a champion like him.

“I’m really happy that Sebastian has made this decision. For Formula 1 worldwide. Losing a personality and a champion like Sebastian Vettel would have been a shame for the whole sport,” said Ralf.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Schumacher admits he too had some doubts whether the four-time world champion would continue racing.

 “He was extremely critical on various points frequently. We know how much environmental protection is important to him, which I think is great. But in Zandvoort, he was in a very bad mood and there were again critical words on the whole environmental issue in Formula 1 and around it.

I had doubts and thought: ‘Hmm, he’s ready now and thinks about everything, and maybe wants to spend time with the family too?” said the former Williams driver. (Translated via Google News)

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Ralf compared Vettel‘s present scenario to his later years in his career. He mentioned that the decision to leave the sport can a tough one, but it is most important to have fun on the track.

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Motorsports / DTM 9. race Zandvoort, Ralf Schumacher (Muecke Motorsport) (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)

“I know this situation myself when you sit down and don’t really have fun anymore; you travel, the family is at home, you are alone at the racetrack and ask yourself questions about the meaning,” said Ralf.

But Schumacher concluded by mentioning that Seb has fire in him for the sport. “In races like in Hungary, where Vettel almost won, you can see the glow in his eyes. This is Sebastian Vettel as we know him. “

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Vettel will partner with Lance Stroll next season as F1 brings a new generation of cars for the 2022 season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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