While it is true that the summer break of the 2022 Formula 1 season has already begun, the news has continued to come. A few days ago, it was announced that Fernando Alonso will be an Aston Martin driver next year, while drama between Alpine and Oscar Piastri happened yesterday. While the French team announced the current Formula 2 champion as one of its drivers for the 2023 season, the Australian driver denied it, while many rumours about an alleged pre-contract with McLaren resonate. All this happens thanks to a fact, Sebastian Vettel's retirement from the sport. The four-time world champion announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season, leaving a space at Aston Martin to be filled by the highly experienced and two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso.
The German driver is 35 years old and has spent a total of 15 years in the highest category of motorsport. In 2007 and 2008 he was at Toro Rosso, in 2009 he was promoted to Red Bull, with whom he won four drivers' and constructors' championships (from 2010-2013), in 2015 he joined Ferrari, while in 2021 he began his era with Aston Martin, with whom he will end his sports career. Vettel keeps too many records, however, the one that stands out the most is that Vettel is the youngest world champion in the entire history of Formula 1. With an extremely extensive career and a legacy left in the category, Vettel stands out that the main reason for retiring from the sport is to spend more time with his family, in addition to revealing the main weaknesses of his current team. This was what he commented:
“Our weakness is the Saturday, qualifying, because in the race, I believe we can stay in the mix once we qualify a little bit higher up.” Vettel stated. “I was actually quite relieved on Friday [of the Hungarian Grand Prix]. I had a good Friday. Saturday didn’t really go my way so I wasn’t happy in the night, but Sunday felt a lot better and I was able to get back in the race.”
The British team is in ninth position in the constructors' championship with a total of 20 points, 16 of them obtained by the four-time world champion, while the remaining 4 were obtained by his teammate, Lance Stroll. . Similarly, Aston Martin is only ahead of Williams (who only have 3 points).
“The plan that we had worked [out], I’m please with that, but as I said, I generally tend to look forward. Now, I’m looking forward to the break, to the races that are remaining and trying to work as hard as I can.” The four-time world champion with Red Bull stated.
“We will try to do our best and we will keep fighting to the end and I’m looking forward to the break but then look forward to the last races that I have.” Vettel concluded.