Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, left, is not exactly running away from retirement talk.
Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel continues to stick to his story that he’s not be retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season, despite having previously said that he had fallen out of love with the sport.
Following the harsh 5-second penalty Vettel was dealt in Canada, Vettel let rip with criticisms of the championship and hinted that he may have had enough with racing. Add into the mix a subpar, fifth-place performance in the French Grand Prix and it could have been expected that Vettel may have doubled down on the retirement talk.
Instead, Vettel is out to end the speculation.
“Well, if I was to always give an answer to everybody’s speculation, then I will be in the seat for a lot longer than I anyway want to be,” Vettel said. “I’m here. I love racing. I think the cars are great fun to drive. They’re very fast, the fastest we’ve ever had. Can we do better? I think yes. Is it up to me? Fortunately not.
“But, as I said before, we’ll see what the future brings. But I’m here now, and as far as I know, I’ll be here next year, so I’m not thinking about that.”
Moving to clarify his comments following the Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel added, “I said it’s not the sport that I fell in love with.”
“Particularly to answer that, it’s as a child I think you fall in love with the cars and the drivers — not literally — but even I had posters of Michael (Schumacher) in my room! You had the admiration for what these drivers do, the cars and how fast they go and so on.
“As a child, you’re very pure, you’re not thinking about rules. I was never interested if they were overweight or underweight or legal or illegal — it didn’t matter as a child. I just loved to see them racing. I think that’s what I tried to express.”
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