The 35-year-old German won four successive titles from 2010 to 2013. His 53 Grand Prix victories place him third on the all-time list behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91). 

Sebastian Vettel, a four-time Formula One world champion, revealed on Thursday that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2022 campaign. From 2010 through 2013, the 35-year-old German won four straight championships. Third on the all-time list with 53 Grand Prix victories, behind Michael Schumacher (103) and Lewis Hamilton (91). After six years at Ferrari, where he twice came in second place to Hamilton for the world championship in 2017 and 2018, Vettel left the team for Aston Martin last season. With his new team, he finished 12th in 2021 after only one podium appearance. Vettel is now ranked 14th in the standings.

In a statement, Sebastian Vettel stated, “I have had the honor of working with many amazing people in Formula 1 over the past 15 years. There are far too many to mention and thank. Although we have not achieved the results we had hoped for in the past two years as an Aston Martin driver, it is evident to me that the team is putting everything in place to compete at the highest level for many years to come.

“It has been a pleasure working with such a wonderful group of folks. I wish the best of luck to everyone, including Lawrence [Stroll], Lance [Stroll], Martin [Whitmarsh], Mike [Krack], the senior managers, the engineers, the mechanics, and the rest of the staff. They are all capable, knowledgeable, dedicated, and friendly.

I will work as hard as I can between now and the end of the year with that aim in mind, giving as always my best in the final 10 races. “I hope that the effort I did last year and am continuing to do this year will be beneficial in the creation of a team that will win in the future.

At the end of the year, I want to take some more time to ponder on what I will focus on next. It is very clear to me that, as a father, I want to spend more time with my family. “The decision to retire has been a tough one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it

But saying farewell is not the purpose of today. Instead, it’s about expressing “thank you” to everyone, especially the fans because Formula 1 would not be possible without their ardent support.

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