Sebastian Vettel will race for Aston Martin next year. Earlier, there were some rumors that the four-time F1 world champion would hang his helmet on the willows, because the option had not yet been exercised in his contact. After the Italian GP, Aston Martin announced that the German will also compete for the British F1 team next year.
For Ralf Schumacher, the news that Sebastian Vettel will continue at Aston Martin came as a small surprise. The former F1 driver had a feeling that the four-time world champion would say goodbye to the F1 circus at the end of the season. “I am very happy that we will also see Seb on the F1 grid next year,” the German told the German Sky Sports. “It would have been a disappointment for the entire F1 world if Vettel said goodbye to motorsport’s premier class at the end of the season.”
“Yet I had the feeling that Vettel would stop, especially the reactions he gave during the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. There he spoke a number of times about the environment in combination with Formula 1 and then I got the feeling that maybe he would rather spend time with his family I know how much the environment and the world mean to him and I love to see how he is committed to that. I also know how hard it is to keep to travel again.”
Traveling and often being alone was a reason for Schumacher to end his own F1 career. “At the end of the zeros, I often asked myself in the paddock what it was all about being there. You are there alone and your family is at home. At those moments you lose the fun in the sport. I had the feeling that Vettel also struggled with it, but at times you can see in him that he still has the sacred fire.”
“For example, during the Hungarian GP you could see the twinkle in his eye. There he almost won the race and showed that he is still the Vettel as we know him.”