Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel reunite in Monaco with heartwarming moment

Henry Valantine
Sebastian Vettel on the grid. Zandvoort September 2022.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel wears a 'climate justice now' shirt on the grid. Zandvoort September 2022.

Sebastian Vettel paid a visit to the paddock for the Monaco Grand Prix, and he was spotted sharing an embrace with Lewis Hamilton when they saw each other.

The four-time World Champion was invited to the race by Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to take in Friday’s action around Monte Carlo, with the former Red Bull and Ferrari driver having twice won around Monaco during his esteemed career.

Vettel had not yet been back in the paddock since his retirement at the end of last season, but came back to see friends and former colleagues for the crown jewel in the calendar and meet with the sport’s bosses on Friday.

In that time, he was spotted by long-time rival Hamilton, against whom he shared tense title battles in 2017 and 2018, and cameras were on hand to capture the moment the two F1 greats shared a hug when they saw each other.

Hamilton and Vettel share a great deal of mutual respect for each other, which only grew as their careers progressed – particularly as their views aligned on the likes of LGBTQ+ rights and activism surrounding climate change.

PlanetF1.com recommends

Martin Brundle: Ferrari signing Lewis Hamilton wouldn’t solve their problem

Revealed: How close Monaco came to being axed from F1 calendar

The two were the most outspoken voices on the grid on issues most important to them in recent seasons, and the former Aston Martin driver explained what it was that brought him to Monaco for a visit on Friday.

“I have already missed it, but I am not here at Formula 1 because I have missed it. I’m here at the invitation of Stefano,” Vettel told German publication Bild in the paddock.

“I’m doing very well, the time with the family is very nice, but it flies by. It’s definitely nice to fly less and be on business trips.

“So far, I’m doing very well with my decision [to retire], but what I miss most is the competition and the tension.”