Vettel doesn’t rule out retirement at end of 2022

Henry Valantine
Sebastian Vettel speaks to Sky. Imola April 2022.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel speaks to the media. Imola April 2022.

Sebastian Vettel says he has the “taste” to keep fighting at the front in Formula 1, but admitted he does not yet know what his future holds.

Vettel’s Aston Martin contract expires at the end of the season and he has been forthright in recent months in saying a part of his motivation to carry on is that he is “mostly interested in winning”, given he is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport.

The four-time former World Champion reiterated he will see how 2022 pans out before taking a decision on what he will do next.

“I don’t know. No secrets, it will depend on how this year goes and then [I’ll] take it from there,” Vettel told reporters when asked outright what his future will be beyond the end of 2022.

“My contract ends at the end of this season. Obviously it’s not the year everyone in the team had hoped for, at least not the start of the season, but I think it would be bad to write it off already.

“One day there will be a day for all of us when this journey ends and some other journey will start, whatever that might be.”

Aston Martin have been one of the backmarking teams so far in 2022 and are the only ones yet to get off the mark in this year’s Constructors’ Championship.

Vettel was reflective about the career he has had, and maintains the growth of Aston Martin as an operation should be a positive one – and a factor he will consider is just how well the team will progress as it looks to the future.

“In all honesty, I had an amazing 15 years or so, looking back, and I was in a position to win championships, win a lot of races, fight for pole positions, get a lot of podiums and obviously the taste was great.

“It’s not a secret that if you are not in a position to be there that it’s a different taste.


“You need to find a different motivation, but I think ultimately I am willing to be tasting the same again. That’s the nature of the sport.

“That’s one of the big deciders but the team is growing – there are a lot of things that look very promising.

“The answer is time will tell, but those will be the key things I will be looking at to see how promising it’s looking at the future and how soon.”