Sebastian Vettel to retire before crossing the 2019-season’s finish line?
The wildfire-like rumor spreads around the race track about the German racer Sebastian Vettel’s retirement. The rumors seem to have started along with his disappointing start of the year. His junior teammate outshining him assisted his disappointing start of the year. According to former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger, there is a chance Vettel would actually retire.
Sebastian Vettel and Racing
At the age of 3, Vettel started amateur karting and began racing kart series at the age of eight. His career took a rise when the Red Bull Junior Team accepted him in 1988, at the age of 11.
He won various titles and promotions despite being so young. In 2004, he won the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship with 18 victories from 20 races. Thanks to his early commencement, he had many opportunities during the start of his career. In 2005 he drove for ASL Mucke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series and placed fifth in the final standings with 63 points, winning the year’s top rookie honors.
In the year 2006, when he turned 18, he became busier than ever along with being promoted as the test driver for the BMW Sauber in Formula One. Vettel finished as runner-up in his second season in the F3 Euroseries and made his debut in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Misano. Vettel’s first victory was at the Nürburgring in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2007 after which he was called up to Formula One permanently.
The spark of the rumor
The rumor of Vettel retiring allegedly came into the spotlight when the respected Formula 1 journo Joe Saward mentioned it. In Saward’s latest edition of Business of Motorsport Newsletter, he wrote;
“The most shocking rumor that started to spread in the paddock in Monaco is that Sebastian Vettel is considering retiring from F1 at the end of the season at the age of 31.After winning four world championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013 he tried to bring Ferrari back to success, but he made several mistakes and is now under pressure after the arrival of Charles Leclerc, younger and apparently with more growth margin than German.”
This rumor shook the driving world without any solid shreds of evidence. Berger also made a statement regarding this issue saying,
“He is very family-oriented and might not need F1 anymore.“
Moreover, Berger says they will not give up and keep fighting. Berger still says that there is a very high chance that Vettel might actually retire and supports himself with his statement;
“Sebastian is a very intelligent guy and certainly he has a lot of other aspects to his life. He is very family-oriented, he has children, and he has a lot of money – he doesn’t need anymore.
His heart is very much with his family and his old motorcycles and cars. I can well imagine that he wakes up one morning and says: it’s all getting on my nerves, I’m doing something else or I’m going to drive cars that are more fun and not operating under such complex rules.
It’s not like Sebastian is not good at surprises
He is running out of time.”
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Sebastian Vettel’s response to the rumors
Rumors spread as fast as wildfire. When Vettel heard about the rumors, his existing disappointment increased. Vettel was already having a disappointing start of the year with Mercedes beating them mercilessly. After the Monaco Grand Prix, reports suggested that he would quit F1 at the end of the year to spend more time with his family. However, Vettel played down the suggestions that he would quit Formula One at the end of 2019 Season. Vettel justified himself with the help of SONY ESPN;
“I never said anything like that so I don’t know where it has come from. I think I can stop whenever I want and the team can probably kick me out whenever they want, but I am very happy with the team and I hope the team is happy with myself. Currently we are not winnings, so you can make the maths and we still have something to do.”
Vettel probably found this rumor upsetting enough for him to say that this was frustrating. He didn’t seem to want to suppress his feelings as he added on;
“I don’t know who, ultimately, made it up and don’t think I ever said anything that would lead to that conclusion. I understand that some part of your (journalist’s) job is to try and, not make things up, but try and come up with something interesting.
However, it doesn’t bother me. Do what you want and I will do what I want.”
Even though Vettel is striving this season, he still is 55 points behind Lewis Hamilton. Nevertheless, Vettel holds his shield high and says,
“I think the next races will be really crucial for us to try and get back to the front and give a hard time to Mercedes.
Clearly we are behind, clearly there is quite a big gap between Mercedes and the rest. So we have to close that gap and get ahead otherwise it will be difficult to turn it around.”
More about Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is a German-racer who races for Ferrari in Formula One. Vettel was off to an early start regarding his career that in return gave him more opportunities. The disappointing start of 2019 gives him new challenges in life which he is ready to face head-on and unbothered. More bio…