Sebastian Vettel revealed that the thought of retirement has indeed “crossed his mind” in the past.

The Aston Martin driver’s last glorious moment came in 2013 when he won the championship for the fourth time. Since then, he hasn’t won a championship, despite his high-profile move to Ferrari.

After many years with the Italian team, Vettel moved to Aston Martin in 2021. He secured a team-best finish of second place at the Azerbaijan GP in absolutely stunning fashion. He also took a P2 in Hungary, but was later disqualified.

However, the rest of his debut season didn’t go as planned, with multiple lacklustre results being notched up. Due to this, Vettel revealed that the thought of retirement had “crossed his mind” in 2021.

“Of course, sometimes you ask yourself the question of meaning,” he said, as quoted by Formula1news.co.uk.

“I’d be lying if I said the thought hadn’t crossed my mind yet. But I don’t go on just to convey messages. Then I wouldn’t be true to myself and I wouldn’t be as good.

“If I no longer feel the inner drive and ambition and only stick to it to convey messages or increase the bank balance, that would be a betrayal of the generation that is yet to come and live the dream.”

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Vettel (pictured0 almost retired at one point. Source: formula1news.co.uk

Soldiering on

“After all, I can still take care of certain issues when I’m no longer driving,” he continued.  

“But the fire is still burning. As a sportsman, I get annoyed and do everything I can to make it faster. But it’s not life-threatening, that’s true. In that sense, it’s a luxury problem.

“That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t want to do everything in my own little sporting microcosm to win. Otherwise, it would no longer make sense.

“The motivation is there, we are trying to improve together and the team is trying to turn everything around that is possible.

“The new rules offer a great opportunity in 2022. But we also have to remain realistic and not talk about being favourites, but look at how good our car is,” he concluded.

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