The four-time world champion announced ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix that he would be leaving the sport at the end of the year, with him inadvertently triggering quite the summer saga in terms of the driver market.
Fernando Alonso soon revealed he’d be replacing him at Aston Martin, before things got really interesting as Alpine said they’d be looking to promote Oscar Piastri to take the Spaniard’s seat, and we all now know how that went with them still looking for a replacement to drive alongside Esteban Ocon for next year.
Sebastian Vettel: F1 exit all my decision
As for Vettel, though, his fate is decided in terms of him leaving F1 for good at the end of this season, and it just remains to be seen what he is going to be doing next.
Recent rumours have surfaced over the nature of the decision, meanwhile, as to whether it was all his call or whether other people had an influence in the announcement.
Vettel has denied that was the case, though, saying he was the only one to begin the curtain call on his 15-year long spell in Formula 1.
“I made the decision to stop on my own,” Vettel said to Autosprint. “The team and [Lawrence] Stroll had nothing to do with it.”
What next for Sebastian Vettel?
Vettel has said he isn’t quite sure what he is going to get up to during his retirement but he has recently posted to Instagram suggesting that something is in the pipeline to celebrate his career:
There is no doubt that Seb is going to be busy even without F1 in his life from next year, and it’s going to be exciting seeing what he can do in his new challenges.
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