German Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement at the end of the 2022 season.
In a statement released by his Aston Martin team, Vettel said that it hasn’t been an easy decision.
“The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it.”
The devoted father of three has shared how he yearns for more time with his family.
“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.”
Vettel bids the sport farewell as one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1. He is placed third on the all-time list with Lewis Hamilton in first place with 103 wins, Michael Schumacher in second place with 91 wins followed by Vettel with 53 Grand Prix victories.
Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll has confirmed the news.
“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.”
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