Sebastian Vettel To Retire At The End Of The 2019 F1 Season?
According to a reported rumor by respected Formula 1 journo Joe Saward, Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the 2019 season.
Ferrari's 'ace' driver, and four-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel is rumored to retire at the end of the 2019 season. The alleged rumor is reported on by respected Formula 1 journo Joe Saward.
In the latest edition of his Business of Motorsport Newsletter, Saward 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."
"A choice that in some ways would follow that of Nico Rosberg, who left F1 after winning the title in 2016 aware of the fact that he would hardly succeed in the enterprise again. The big question, of course, is who would be Vettel's successor."
"The names that have been circulating, for now, are those of Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, and Valtteri Bottas."
True or not, this report will surely kick start a flurry of speculation and most definitely rattle the driver market. While the drivers mentioned by Saward are probable candidates, there's a high chance that Ferrari would approach and make a serious bid for Lewis Hamilton.
To add fuel to the fire, Vettel has become pretty disenchanted with F1 and is not a big fan of this era's turbo hybrid cars. Added to this is the sheer pressure of driving for Ferrari where his headline-grabbing mistakes are glorified in all its form.
Furthermore, the German has not been able to deliver the results Ferrari was expecting of him and this could also be taking a toll on the four-time champ.
Having said that, Vettel still has at least half a dozen good years in him, and quitting now would seem premature and hasty. But he's fighting at the top and leaving now would still etch his stellar legacy of four F1 titles in history forever.
If there's any substance to this rumor, he could consider retiring from F1 only to come back wiser and stronger after a few years. Doing this helped legendary F1 champions such as Niki Lauda and Alain Prost who took a sabbatical from the sport only to return to great success in the second chapter of their careers.
Do you think Vettel will retire at the end of this year?