On July 28th, Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement of F1 after the end of this season on his official Instagram account, created the day before. The four-time-world champion announced on the heartfelt video that he wants to dedicate time to his wife and three young children.
After the Hungarian GP, Aston Martin announced Fernando Alonso as the German´s replacement for the upcoming season.
Mike Krack who arrived to Aston Martin earlier this year to replace Otmar Szafnauer who had left Aston Martin to take the same role in Alpine, worked with Vettel when the young German made his F1 debut to replace injured Robert Kubica. Krack understands Vettel decision considering Seb has a family and many other interests as well.
"He says 'I don't know anything else,' but he has, on the other hand, his family, other interests that when you are 35, it is different to when you are 20.”
Although his announcement left fans shocked, Vettel´s decision was not something unexpected and the 35-year-old driver had already given hints in the past. Krack believes his decision was brave.
"You also have to be brave to take such a decision and from that point of view, it was going to come, it was just a question of when."
Over the last seasons, we could see a different Sebastian more open to talk about his feelings and committed to use his platform to raise awareness on important topics. Mike Krack believes this decision has been on his mind for a while.
“He is a human being with feelings, opinions and a family. For a while, this was in his head."
Running 14th in the Drivers' Championship with only 16 points probably made it easier for Vettel to take the decision. He had made it clear before that he wanted to fight for more than the 10th place and unfortunately for him and his fans Aston Martin could not give him more competitive car.
"Probably, if he had won the first nine or 10 races, he would have maybe delayed his decision but ultimately, I think this was something that was already going on in his mind for a long while.
He is going to be missed next year but since the decision has already been made Krack believes it´s important to respect it.
"Now he has made his decision, yeah, this is how it is and we need to respect it."