Sebastian Vettel, driver of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ team, has decided to retire at the end of the 2022 season, after enjoying a distinguished career in motorsport.
The winner of four Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships, he is third on the all-time list of Grand Prix winners, with 53 wins, behind only Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91).
“I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula 1 over the past 15 years – there are far too many to mention and thank.
“For the past two years I have been a driver for the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ team – and although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, it is very clear for me that everything is in place for a team to compete at the highest level for years to come.”
I hope that the work I did last year and that I continue to do this year will be useful in developing a team that will win in the future.
“I have really enjoyed working with such a great group of people. Everyone – Lawrence, Lance, Martin, Mike, senior managers, engineers, mechanics and the rest of the team – is ambitious, capable, expert , committed and friendly. , and I wish them good luck.
“Hopefully the work I did last year and continue to do this year will be helpful in developing a winning team in the future, and I will work as hard as I can until then. end of the year with this objective in mind, giving as always my best in the last 10 races.
“The decision to retire was difficult for me, and I spent a lot of time thinking about it; at the end of the year, I want to take a little more time to think about what I’m going to focus on next; it’s very clear to me that as a father I want to spend more time with my family, but today is not about saying goodbye.
“It’s more about saying thank you – to everyone – and especially to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula 1 could not exist.”
He is one of the great names in Formula 1 of all time and it was a privilege to have worked with him.
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman:
“I would like to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great job he has done for the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ team over the past year and a half.
“We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he did what he thought was right for him and his family, and of course we respect that.
“He’s driven some fantastic races for us and behind the scenes his experience and expertise with our engineers has been invaluable. He’s one of the all-time greats in Formula 1, and it’s been a privilege to to have been able to work with him.
“He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix appearance. We will bid him a fabulous farewell.”
When we become fully competitive – and we will – one of the architects of that future success will be Sebastian.
Mike Krack, Team Principal:
“Sebastian is a superb driver – quick, smart and strategic – and of course we will miss those qualities. However, we have all learned from him, and the knowledge we gained working with him will continue to benefit our team for a long time to come. after he left.
“Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team is a big project, with unlimited potential, and the groundwork that Sebastian did last year, and continues to do this year, is crucial.
“When we become fully competitive – and we will – one of the architects of that future success will be Sebastian, and we will always be grateful to him.”
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