Sebastian Vettel’s retirement at the end of this season, after years of triumphs, 4 world titles, and an amazing experience on track, is no secret anymore. The German driver has announced his will to end his Formula 1 journey - to dedicate himself to something else - through an Instagram profile created for the occasion, but despite the choice to part with the sport he is helping the team to build the car for the next year.
This was suggested by Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack, who revealed that Vettel is fully involved in the 2023 project of the new car.
“He’s thinking about the future,” Krack said after the Belgian GP.
“And that is there where you see also how professional he is and how committed he still is. Actually, in the debrief he said something today, ‘For next year's car, please, think about that.’ So he's fully on it.”
“He’s a professional. And he will give everything until the last moment. It is also something that the first thing that he said when he was informing us to stop was that he will give it everything until the end. And we have seen it today [Sunday].”
Some have thought that, given the almost imminent retirement, Sebastian Vettel may be less motivated to do well, but Krack has completely denied these rumours, by also saying that now he's very relaxed:
“That is the interesting bit. And I had a long conversation with him also on Thursday, to speak a little bit about how he's feeling about it and all that. And he does not really want to hear the word 'farewell'.
“I saw a flag with 'Thank you, Sebastian', and was asked is this the farewell tour now. And it's not at all. We do not see it as a [farewell]. We will do a little farewell at the end of the season, but until then we will give it everything, because we still have a bit of gap to close to some constructors ahead. And we really cannot finish in the position we are in now.
“I think it is more going out to the airport, sitting in the planes, where maybe he thinks more about the family and stuff like that. But I think when he's in the car he's fully focused."
When asked if there were any opportunities to talk about Vettel's possible honorary role at Aston Martin, Krack replied:
“We haven't spoken about it, to be honest. Also, because the announcement came just before the shutdown. And I think we have to also to let him time to think about it.
"He needs to make plans. And I think, probably before he does something else, he will want to have a bit of time off also. So we have not spoken about it.”