Sebastian Vettel. Source:

Sebastian Vettel has opened up on his retirement plans, and talked about how he would be after leaving racing.

Vettel is a four-time champion, and has won everything there is to win in the sport. The last few years haven’t been very kind to him, and he is at the point of his career where retirement is set to come sooner than later.

The German’s retirement was a rumour that was heavily doing the rounds before this season had begun. He had been unceremoniously discarded by Ferrari, and joined Aston Martin to try and turn his career around.

Vettel opened up on his retirement plans and talked about life after F1.

As quoted by, when asked how close he came to retiring at the end of 2020, Vettel said, “Close. I don’t know if there is a measure of how close you can get.

Sebastian Vettel
Vettel (pictured) talked about his retirement plans. Source: Getty Images

“I was close in terms of having a lot of thought. Ultimately, I have to put myself first in that regard, and what I’ve decided now I believe is the best for me and looking forward to proving that.”

New avenues

Vettel has always expressed an interest in activism, especially activism for the environment and for the LGBTQIA+ community. But when asked if he could see himself become a politician, he was quick to answer in the negative.

“No! Not being a fan of the media I’m not sure politics would be the right place for me,” he continued.

“Look at my age and I’m not going to be around F1 for the next 10 years. For sure I’m thinking about what might be next.

“I’m easily captured by passionate people, even if it’s things I don’t currently have an interest in. I can easily grow a new passion.

“The easiest way would be to become a Sky reporter and find yourself in the same place for the next few years. I don’t see myself doing that but I love the sport and don’t want to turn my back on it and say ‘never again.’  

“For sure I’m thinking about other things. I have a family so it’s easy to have things to take care of when I retire,” he concluded.

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