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Has said goodbye to the motorsport premier class after 16 years: Sebastian Vettel. © Beata Zawrzel/Zuma Press/dpa

Even after the end of his career in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel wants to comment critically on topics that concern him. In a new hobby, the predicate world class will probably not come to fruition.

Munich – Sebastian Vettel discovered the alphorn in his free time. “I find it very exciting to try out many new things,” said the four-time Formula 1 world champion in the podcast “Transformation of the Mind”.

However, his talent seems to be “rather limited” with the wind instrument. In the future, Vettel wishes to have the courage to “pursue all of this and give space, no matter what it may be and no matter what other people think of it or think about it.”

The 35-year-old ended his career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday after 16 years in the premier class of motorsport. In the future he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children. At the same time, Vettel wants to advance sustainability projects and continue to criticize failures.

“Right now I don’t know what the exact answer is or how to phrase it exactly because I don’t have a concrete plan yet. But I think I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few years getting involved, voicing my opinion when I felt it would help,” said Vettel. “I can imagine continuing to do so in the future.”

Vettel is now looking forward to the newfound free time away from the racetrack. “There are so many things that can mean so much to me. Will they then have the same radiance to the outside world? Probably not. That I’ll find something tomorrow that I’m just as good at as in motorsport or as a racing driver? Probably not,” admitted the Hessian. “First of all, what I’m looking forward to the most is simply having the time at home, for all the things, the books that have been left lying around, the things that have all piled up at home, just time with the children to spend.”

It is also clear to him that this cannot be his “central task” for the next 35 years. “It’s not like I’m saying: now I’m a helicopter father and every day I circle around the children. On the contrary, I want them to have their own experiences and be able to stand on their own two feet and make their mistakes,” said Vettel. dpa

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