Formula 1 fans worldwide are in a state of dismay, after superstar Sebastian Vettel announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2022 season. The German racer who kick-started his racing career with BMW Sauber in United States Grand Prix 2007 announced his decision on his newly created Instagram account.
Following his announcement to retire, fans took to their social media to share various anecdotes about the racer who is known to be a private person and maintains a low profile. The official Twitter handle of ESPN shared an interesting fan account about his experience with Vettel.
According to the post, the fan who met Vettel during the US Grand Prix had a memorable moment with the star. The fan said that he saw Vettel multiple times when he came to Austin for the racing event.
For a week, the fan saw Vettel with his friend frequently, but their interaction was limited to just casual waves. During this time, Vettel once asked the fan if he was going to attend the race, to which the latter replied that he did not have tickets.
However, sometime later, the fan was greeted with tickets and a handwritten note from the racing icon at his doorstep. “He is a class act, and I’ll never forget it,” wrote the fan.
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This story tells you everything you need to know about Sebastian Vettel 👏❤️ https://t.co/sVx5uhChvI
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The renowned racer in an Aston Martin team statement said that the decision to retire has been a difficult one and he spent a lot of time thinking about it. He said that he wanted to take some time to reflect on his next course of action. Vettel said that being a father he was very clear that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The 35-year-old said that he had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in F1 over the last fifteen years and that there were far too many to mention and thank. The four-time F1 champion went on to say that he hoped that his work in 2021 and 2022 will benefit in the development of the team that will win in future. He expressed his gratitude to senior managers, engineers, mechanics and the rest of his team.
In 2010, at the age of 23, Vettel bagged his first title making him the youngest world champion in history. Between 2010 and 2013, Vettel won all four championships with Red Bull. He is on the third spot in the list of all-time Grand Prix winners with 53 wins. However, he could not obtain the fifth title in his six-year-long stint with Ferrari. Vettel joined Aston Martin in the 2021 season and so far he has just scored one podium.
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