Sebastian Vettel being interviewed May 6, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany talks with the media during a press conference before their practice session for the Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Vettel, one of the legends of Formula 1, announced Thursday that he will be retiring from F1 at the end of the 2022 season.

In a video speech on his newly formed Instagram account, Vettel explained that he is retiring in order to spend more time with his family and devote more time to various interests he has developed outside of Formula 1. The four-time World Champion said in his speech, “My goals have shifted from winning races and fighting for championships to seeing my children grow, passing on my values, helping them up when they fall, listening to them when they need me, not having to say goodbye, and most importantly being able to learn from them and let them inspire me.”

In recent years, Vettel has been an advocate for various causes. He was an early supporter of Lewis Hamilton and Black Lives Matter when George Floyd was murdered. He has spoken out in support of gender equality and the LGBT community by making public statements and displays in countries that limit the rights of women and LGBT people. He has spoken out about climate change and made note of rising sea levels and protecting bees. By 2026, Formula 1 is set to have 100 percent sustainable fuel, something that Vettel is a strong proponent of.

On the track, Vettel’s F1 career ranks up there with the very best. Making his debut at Indianapolis for the injured Robert Kubica, Vettel scored a monumental dominating upset win at Monza in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. After leaving for sister team Red Bull Racing, Vettel won four consecutive World Championships. Even when Vettel left for Ferrari, he kept winning. As he ends his career, Vettel will have 53 wins and 122 podiums (behind only Hamilton and Michael Schumacher in both categories).

Needless to say, Sebastian Vettel is a well-respected figure in the paddock. And on Thursday, many drivers and teams paid tribute to the 35-year-old racing legend.

[Sebastian Vettel on Instagram]

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