Sebastian Vettel shares his ‘easiest’ retirement plan from F1 as he contemplates future

Sebastian Vettel sits in Aston Martin Formula One car

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Sebastian Vettel knows what “the easiest way out” of F1 would be as he contemplates his future. Vettel, a four-time world champion, struggled at Ferrari in 2020 but then defied rumours of retirement by signing for Aston Martin for the 2021 campaign. He’s recently triggered a clause in his contract which will also see him race for the team in 2022.

Whether we see him in an F1 car in 2023 however, remains to be the seen. Regardless, the 34-year-old believes one simple transition would be available to him – and it’s one which would keep him in the sport.

“I have a lot of interests,” he told

“In general, I get carried away easily by passionate people. Even if they are things I don’t really like, I can easily develop a new passion.

“How sustainable that is then, one has to wait and see. I can understand that it is a big challenge to find something else.

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“The easiest way out would be to become a Sky reporter and stay in the same place for how many years? I can’t necessarily see that happening, but who knows.”

The likes of Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg are all former drivers currently working with Sky on their F1 coverage, while David Coulthard and Mark Webber are among those working for Channel 4.

Vettel however, is becoming increasingly active on environmental issues, recently warning F1 might soon cease to exist if it doesn’t increase efforts to go ‘green’.

He also has strong political beliefs, although has previously ruled out a potential move into full-time politics when his driving career is over. He and wife Hanna Prater also have three children, and he said family matters would influence his next move.

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“You know, I love the sporting side of it and you don’t want to turn your back on sport either and say ‘never again’. So you never know what’s going to happen,” he continued.

“But I think it’s important to think about what might come after. You’re already exploring different things.

“Also, I have a family as well. So it’s pretty easy to take care of other things if I retire.”

Vettel, who as well as his native German is fluent in four different languages, won four consecutive F1 titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.

A stint at Ferrari followed before joining Aston Martin, with team boss Lawrence Stroll is currently overseeing a huge expansion of staff, a new factory, and new wind tunnel.

Stroll, 62, believes the investment will help his team compete for world titles, and has said he wants Vettell and son Lance Stroll to be part of that.

As a result, team principal Otmar Szafnauer has indicated he will open talks withthe German over a contract that extends into 2023.

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