The German made his last race in the category this Sunday (20), in Abu Dhabi
Sebastian Vettel said goodbye to Formula 1 at the Abu Dhabi GP this Sunday (20). The four-time champion, who received tributes throughout the weekend, finished the race in 10th position, scoring a point in his farewell to the category. The German admitted feel an “empty” when he last crossed the finish line and made it clear that there are “greater things” than motorsport🇧🇷
“I don’t have much more to say, I feel empty to be honest. It was obviously a great weekend. These last two years have been disappointing for me from a sporting point of view but useful and big for me in my life. It’s a great privilege to be in the position we are – and with that comes certain responsibilities. I want the other drivers to continue the good work. It’s great to see that we have the power to inspire the public with what we say and do,” said Vettel, in an interview at the Yas Marina track after the race. He would even do a “zero” with the car in front of the public to celebrate the farewell.
For Aston Martin, the German lived two seasons different from what he was used to at Red Bull and Ferrari, teams in which he disputed the top positions frequently. Since then, he began to gain prominence through his engagement in various causes, such as social and environmental issues and the fight against racism. Outside of F1, he hopes the drivers on the grid will continue to push these guidelines forward.
“I think there are much bigger and much more important things than running in circles, but obviously this is what we love. So if we can transfer some of the really important values in life… Thank you so much for your support, thanks for all the messages, letters and all the love in general. I’ll miss that. It’s been an absolute joy throughout my career, so thank you.”
For now, Vettel has not disclosed whether he will race in any category next year or, also, if he intends to take a sabbatical from the tracks.