Sebastian Vettel has announced he will be retiring at the end of the year, and the Aston Martin F1 driver has posted a lengthy video on Instagram explaining his decision. The German chose a rather poetic tone to highlight the need to get closer to his wife and children.
« I am announcing my retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season » said the German in this sober black and white video, in which he speaks in front of the camera. « I should probably start with a long list of people to thank, but I think it’s more important to explain the reasons behind my decision. »
« I love this sport. It has been central to my life, for as long as I can remember. But as much as there is life on the track, there is my life off the track too. Being a racing driver n has never been my only identity, and I truly believe in identity by who we are, and how we treat others, rather than what we do. »
« I am Sebastian, father of 3 children and husband of a wonderful woman »
Vettel then gives a first glimpse of why he will leave Formula 1, highlighting the fact that he is above all a father and a husband. And to conclude this part of the video with the fact that his job is very energy-intensive.
« Who am I? I’m Sebastian, father of three children, and husband of a wonderful woman. I’m curious and easily fascinated by passionate and talented people. I’m obsessed with perfection. I’m tolerant, and I think that we all have the same rights to live, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love. »
« I love being outdoors, I love nature and its wonders, I’m stubborn and impatient. I can be annoying, I love making people laugh, I love chocolate and the smell of fresh bread . My favorite color is blue. I believe in change and progress, and that everything makes a difference. »
« I’m an optimist and I believe people are good. Alongside racing, I’ve developed a family, and I love being with them. I’ve developed other interests outside of Formula 1. My passion for racing and F1 comes with a lot of time away from them, and takes a lot of my energy. »
A total involvement that is no longer compatible
The quadruple world champion then specifies that his objectives are no longer the same, and that he can no longer link the involvement that F1 demands with his wish to take advantage of his own.
« Involving myself in my passion in the way that I have done, and that I think should be done, can no longer be done in parallel with my wish to be a good father and a good husband. L he energy it takes to be one with the car and the team, to seek perfection, requires concentration and dedication. »
« My goals have changed from winning races and fighting for championships to seeing my kids grow up, passing on my values to them, helping them get up when they fall, listening to them when they need me, not having to say ‘goodbye’ to them, and most importantly, to be able to learn from them and let them inspire me. »
“Children are our future, and I feel there is a lot to explore and learn about life and myself. Since we are talking about the future, I feel that we live in a time that is really decisive. And how we shape these next few years will determine how we live. »
The environment will remain at the center of its interests
Finally, if it is not clear what will make up his future, Sebastian Vettel confirms that he wants to get involved in actions for the environment, a cause which has become crucial for him in recent years. He also confirms that the gap with his job has also become a problem.
“My passion comes with certain aspects that I have learned to dislike. They can be resolved in the future, but the will to implement these changes must become much stronger, and it must lead to action today. today. »
« Talking is not enough, and we can’t afford to wait. There is no alternative, the race is on. My best race? It’s coming. I believe in the fact to move forward and evolve. Time is a one-way street and I want to move with it. »
“Looking back only slows you down. I look forward to racing on unfamiliar tracks, and I will find new challenges. The marks I leave on the track will remain until the weather and rain wash them away. «
« New ones will be listed. Tomorrow belongs to those who shape today. The next bend is in good hands, because the next generation has already arrived. »
« I think there is one more race to win. Farewell, and thank you for letting me share the track with you. I have loved every moment. »