Sebastian Vettel said he would like to revisit his interest in mechanical engineering once his driving days are over.
When it is all said and done, Vettel will go down as one of the greatest talents that Formula 1 has ever seen.
With 53 wins, 57 pole positions and four World Championships to his name, Vettel is the second most successful German F1 driver of all time, behind only Michael Schumacher.
And despite a rocky 2019 his career in F1 still appears to be in-tact – Ferrari have offered the 32-year-old a new deal for 2021, albeit with a big salary cut, while McLaren have also been touted as a possible destination for next year.
But once he does hang up the gloves, Vettel said he would like to return to his past interest of mechanical engineering.
During a Q and A on social media, he said: “Before I started professionally, and before I started my career, when I finished high school, I was planning to go to university and study mechanical engineering.
“So, probably, it is something that I can think of.
“I’ve developed a lot of other interests in the meantime, but still it’s always something that fascinates me – to know and understand how things work.
“I like to understand the stuff happening in our car, around our car development, and how it all comes together.
“So it could be something for the future.”
Vettel’s Formula 1 career began all the way back in 2007 when he scored points on his BMW Sauber debut at the United States Grand Prix.
But 13 years later, Vettel would have no advice for his younger self because he believes that “everything happens for a reason”.
“I wouldn’t like to give any advice [to myself],” he explained.
“I think everything that happened, happened for a reason.
“Obviously I’m very lucky and fortunate, having had the career I had so far, and I don’t think I’d be interested in any shortcuts.
“Even if there were difficult times I think you always have the ability to come out stronger.”