Sebastian Vettel says he will not turn his back on Formula One once he retires. The German driver has extended his contract with the Aston Martin F1 team to 2022.
The four-time World Champion revealed that he had considered retiring after his time with Ferrari before finally accepting the Aston Martin F1 challenge. He also admitted that he hesitated before re-signing with the team for the 2022 season.
Vettel doesn’t want to retire from F1
The question of retirement comes up frequently for the 34-year-old German father of three. Recently, his actions and commitments in the paddock have been focused on political, social and environmental issues, so could a future in politics be on the cards for the German?
“I’m not sure that politics is for me,” he told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.
“The easiest thing would be to become a journalist at a TV station and be in the same place for the next few years,” smiled Vettel. “I don’t see myself doing that. But I love the sport and I won’t turn my back on it completely.”
Often commented on and lampooned, Vettel says he is not ashamed to bring his political views into the F1 paddock. Yet his actions have often been controversial, but the German driver faces up to it and assumes.
“We all agree that it is only fair to treat all people equally,” he said. “But this is not the case in some countries. And it takes more than words, it takes action. Our sport can exert great pressure and help spread fairness on earth.”