Sebastian Vettel, who called time on his Formula 1 racing career at the end of the 2022 season, expressed potential interest in exploring a role within F1. The German legend launched his F1 career in 2007, making his debut in America with a single BMW race, followed by a stint with Toro Rosso for the remainder of the season.
Speaking at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, Vettel mentioned a surge of interest for him to take on a role within F1, potentially focusing on promoting sustainability. However, he is currently relishing a less structured lifestyle and spending quality time with his family.
“I do have some thoughts about my F1 future,” Vettel said when queried about his plans. “I had a constructive meeting with Stefano Domenicali in Monaco earlier this year.
“Beyond the direct emissions from cars, F1 carries a significant responsibility due to its scale. Large numbers of people attend these events, with around half a million spectators at the recent British Grand Prix. It’s about more than just the cars – they are what everyone sees, but it’s essential that we’re moving in the right direction. I’m having ongoing discussions and exploring a few ideas. We’ll see what the future holds.”
In response to whether he’d received intriguing job offers, Vettel stated: “There has been considerable interest from various quarters. However, I set a goal for myself last year to experience freedom.
“I’ve been declining many offers because I want to explore this new phase of life without a strict routine, to seek inspiration from different avenues.
“I am cherishing the time spent with my children and our little adventures in a van. But I also understand that my life won’t revolve solely around them. While I want to support them, I’m aware that sooner or later, I’ll need to tackle a new challenge.”
Sebastian Vettel, Williams FW14B
Photo by: JEP / F1 Flow Images
When asked about when he became passionate about environmental concerns, Vettel, who test drove a Williams FW14B and McLaren MP4/8 on synthetic fuel at Goodwood as part of his Race Without Trace initiative, reflected on his career.
“I probably became aware of it later than I should have,” he confessed. “While it may have existed during my younger years, it’s become undeniable now.
“As for whether it affected my racing performance, it’s hard to tell. If it did, I don’t regret it. There are issues in this world that are far more critical than achieving a certain lap time or race position.
“Even though racing is my life, and very important to me, there are greater concerns for our planet than where I place in a race. In the grand scheme of things, what happens on the race track and in F1 may not be all that significant.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sebastian Vettel’s future in F1
Has Sebastian Vettel retired from F1 racing?
Yes, Sebastian Vettel retired from F1 racing at the end of the 2022 season.
What is Vettel’s future involvement in F1?
Vettel has expressed interest in a potential role within F1, possibly focusing on promoting sustainability.
Has Vettel received job offers after his retirement?
Yes, Vettel has received many job offers but has declined many of them to enjoy his freedom and spend more time with his family.
What is Vettel’s perspective on the environmental impact of F1 racing?
Vettel believes F1 carries a significant responsibility beyond direct car emissions due to its large-scale events. He suggests that the promotion of sustainability is a key aspect to consider for the future of F1.
What has Vettel been doing after retirement?
After retirement, Vettel is enjoying a less structured lifestyle, exploring new areas of interest, and spending quality time with his family.