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F1 | Krack and Seidl pay hommage to retiring Vettel

McLaren and Aston Martin Racing’s team principals Mike Krack and Andreas Seidl paid tribute to the retiring Sebastian Vettel, who announced at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix that he would leave the sport after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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F1 | Krack and Seidl pay hommage to retiring Vettel
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Mike Krack and Andreas Seidl paid tribute to Sebastian Vettel at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The four-time World champion shocked the Formula 1 World on the eve of the opening Practice session in Hungary by announcing his retirement from the sport after 15 seasons, with tributes being paid right across the paddock.

Also paying tribute was Vettel’s current team principal Krack, who had previously worked with the German while both were at BMW Sauber in 2007. The pair reunited at the start of this year when the Luxemburgan was hired to replace the departing Otmar Szafnauer, who left for Alpine over the winter.

“I was fortunate to be around when he started his career when he was very young. And now also, probably when he finishes his career. So yeah, there's that racing driver, where I think, if I'm fair, I think the biggest successes he had in other teams, so I know him only at the beginning. And now, as a man, obviously, this is a bit different. First, there was the youth, at the time, the excitement of being in Formula 1 and being there, and now with this very reflective personality, with a lot of thoughts that are not so common in our sport.”

Seidl, who was head of trackside operations at BMW Sauber until the Munich manufacturer’s departure from the sport in 2009, said that although the sport will miss Vettel, he has made the correct decision for himself and his young family.

“I guess the sport will miss him. We will miss him. But at the same time, I think the most important thing is that he made a good decision for himself and for his family. And all you can do is wish him all the best and hope you still see him around from time to time.”

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