Vettel returns to F1 seat in 2023

After retiring from the sport at the end of the 2022 season, four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will make his return to driving a number of Formula One cars at the famous Goodwood 2023 Festival Of Speed.

The former Red Bull, Ferrari and Aston Martin driver will drive several cars from his own collection at Goodwood, including Nigel Mansell’s championship-winning Williams FW14B and Ayrton Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8.



Goodwood 2023

Vettel will be present at the Festival on Saturday and Sunday, while throughout the weekend there will be a display of his cars in the main paddocks for all to see. Vettel will also spend time talking to visitors about his work in advocating alternative fuels in the motorsport industry.

This will be Vettel’s second visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. His first was in 2012 when he celebrated his second world championship driving his Red Bull RB7 alongside his then teammate, Australian Mark Webber.

“It’s great to be back at Goodwood after all these years. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of some of my most memorable cars running on sustainable fuel over the weekend,” said Germany’s Sebastian Vettel.

“I am a passionate driver and it is important to me that we continue to enjoy driving iconic race cars now and in the future, but that we do so responsibly.”

The 2023 edition of the Goodwood Festival Of Speed will take place from Thursday 13 July to Sunday 16 July 2023.


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Goodwood statement on Vettel return

This will be Vettel’s second visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. His first was in 2012 where he celebrated his second World Championship by driving his title-winning Red Bull RB7 alongside team-mate Mark Webber. 

This year’s Festival of Speed is not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first event and the theme will be Goodwood 75 as we look back at our three-quarters of a century of motorsport history. Apt then that we can join Sebastian Vettel as he looks back at his amazing F1 career and forward to the future of racing.


Today Vettel remains one of the most prominent voices in motorsport, despite having retired at the end of 2022. Last season he launched an alternative fuels campaign at the British Grand Prix by running his FW14B on e-fuels at Silverstone.

He has followed this up by launching “Race without Trace”, which aims to prove that racing with combustion engines and e-fuels is very much possible for the future of motorsport. This is just one part of a series of sustainable projects Vettel is working on, challenging both the pace at which the motorsport industry moves and the science behind it.

As the Festival of Speed continues to champion the future of mobility and automotive technology, with the expansion of Electric Avenue and a growing number of alternatively fuelled vehicles, we are delighted to support Sebastian Vettel’s wish to only drive cars running on synthetic fuel at the event. At the 2023 Festival of Speed, approximately 20% of the vehicles at the event will run on alternative fuels – whether that’s hydrogen, electric or synthetic.


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