Sebastian Vettel Unsure About Future With Aston Martin F1, Ralf Schumacher Explains Why

Published 09/03/2021, 5:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement has brought the spotlight back to the driver market. While the obvious speculations and extensions take place, Sebastian Vettel remains unsure. A driver whose name has steered clear of the silly season drama, why is Vettel unsure about his 2022 season?

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Seb didn’t explicitly confirm his future with Aston Martin when asked about it. He dubiously replied, “I think so.” Aston Martin is yet to confirm its driver lineup for the season, but wouldn’t Vettel be the obvious choice?

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Although Vettel’s term with the team is valid till next season, anything is possible. Ralf Schumacher stepped in to explain Vettel’s hesitation. “I think Sebastian is struggling with himself to make this decision: when do I do what?” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Schumacher explained Vettel’s desire to be ahead of where he is currently. Moreover, Seb has been vocal about a lot of criticisms – of himself and of the sport.

Has the German run out of patience for F1?

Unlikely outcome for Sebastian Vettel

The four-time world champion has had a decent debut season with Aston Martin. Two podiums (although one was taken away) and a lot of top 10 appearances are impressive after shifting teams. However, an attempt to make it to the midfield battle is not something Sebastian is used to.

Schumacher tried to explain Vettel’s psyche. “I think he’s just in the process of finding it. Does he still want to do that to himself or does he not want to?” 

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Vettel‘s retirement from the sport seems highly unlikely; the champion still has much to give. Schumacher concluded that the answer to Seb’s dilemma lies with the driver himself.

“He has to decide that for himself. I think that’s why he hesitates and quarrels a bit. That is his personal decision. Do I prefer to be with the children or do I go full throttle again?”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

It won’t be long before teams lock in on their driver lineups. While it is doubtful we won’t see Vettel next season, one hopes he finds the speed he is looking for, resulting in a happy German in the Aston Martin monocoque.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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