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At the end of last year, four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel said goodbye to Formula 1. It was more than likely a final farewell to the sport, but when asked about the possibility of an F1 comeback, Vettel refused to rule it out.
After another difficult season at Aston Martin, with some bright spots towards the end of the 2022 F1 season, Sebastian Vettel said an emotional farewell to Formula 1. Vettel was well-liked and popular with the fans, but he wanted more time spend time with his family and found it increasingly difficult to accept the ecological footprint of the sport, even though it is becoming increasingly smaller.
Whether we will ever see Vettel make a comeback to Formula 1, as several other F1 champions did, remains to be seen, but he does not completely rule out that possibility.
“I can’t say no, because you don’t know,” Vettel replied to ‘Sky Sports F1’ when he did a demonstration run at the Nrburgring last weekend with his 2011 championship car. “If you had asked all the drivers who eventually stopped and returned anyway, they would have said; “No, some of them didn’t know, and eventually they returned, so I can’t rule it out.”
“It will probably depend on when, after all, you cannot keep making a comeback, after all, I am already 36 years old. I can’t say that I have ten years to possibly make a comeback.”
“Maybe when some time has passed but it will depend on the challenge, but it’s not in my mind to do it at the moment.”
“I’m currently enjoying my next challenge. I think it is the biggest challenge for every racing driver, the biggest challenge for every sportsman or sportswoman: what do you do after you say goodbye to your sport?”
“There is still a lot you can do in your life, even if you are not racing the fastest car in the world at the absolute limit. There are still many things you can do that give you pleasure.”
At the beginning of this year there was some speculation that Sebastian Vettel might replace the injured Lance Stroll. Vettel also provides clarity about this. If he returns to the sport, it will not be to replace an injured rider but because he wants to make a full-fledged comeback himself.
“When I return it won’t be because someone drops out and I get into the car in his place,” said Vettel. “My neck is currently not good enough to immediately race in an F1 car, but everything else certainly is.”