Brundle on Vettel – ‘I do not suppose he’ll be again’
Vettel introduced earlier this yr that he would retire from F1 on the finish of 2022, making the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix his 299th and remaining race of a glittering profession that noticed him win 53 Grands Prix and 4 consecutive World Championship titles.
At 35, Vettel is six years youthful than F1’s present elder statesman Fernando Alonso, and hypothesis abounded throughout the Abu Dhabi weekend that the German could elect to return to F1 in future – as Alonso himself did in 2021 after a two-year break from the game.
Different World Champions to have returned to F1 after having beforehand introduced their retirements embody Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell and Alan Jones, however Brundle feels that Vettel’s F1 chapter is now really closed.
“I bear in mind a fairly emotional interview with Fernando Alonso on the grid in Abu Dhabi 2018 as he was saying farewell, and he is simply signed a brand new two-year settlement taking him to not less than the top of 2024,” Brundle wrote in his column for Sky F1.
“However there was extra of a finality about Seb’s phrases and actions suggesting he will not be again on the grid.
“In a German interview, he mentioned that he can be disillusioned if he did really feel the necessity to come again as a result of then he would possible have failed on what he plans to do subsequent.”
Vettel’s push for environmentalism and inclusion
Vettel has not given any clear indication of what he plans to do now his F1 profession is over, however the German has lately taken a eager curiosity in sustainability and environmentalism, and has been an outspoken advocate for range and inclusion.
The German appeared on the BBC debate present Query Time earlier this yr, during which he mentioned his issues over the dependency on fossil fuels amongst sure nations, and acknowledged that his participation in F1 made him a hypocrite.
Throughout F1’s first Miami Grand Prix weekend this yr, Vettel wore a t-shirt suggesting that the U.S. metropolis can be underwater by 2060 if world warming and local weather change weren’t addressed.