Sebastian Vettel, the quadruple world champion, stands at an intriguing juncture in his illustrious motorsport career. Having stepped away from the Formula 1 spotlight last year and into a quiet retirement with his family, Vettel remains open to the possibility of a return to racing, though he’s yet to chart a definite course.
In a candid conversation with RTL, the 36-year-old German racer shared insights into his current state of mind and future prospects. “It could be that I’ll get back into it,” Vettel said, his tone reflecting both uncertainty and interest. The specifics of his potential comeback, however, remain undefined. “I don’t know what kind of car yet,” he admitted, underscoring his broad passion for motorsports. “It’s a passion of mine and something that interests me very much,” he added.
Despite these musings, Vettel made it clear that a return to racing isn’t imminent. He expressed contentment with his life away from the racetrack. “I am quite happy with the way it is right now,” he shared.
Vettel’s departure from Formula 1 was not a decision taken lightly, nor was it due to a loss of interest in racing. With a family that includes a wife and several young children, his choice was influenced by factors beyond the track. “It was a decision for a lot of other things,” he explained, shedding light on the personal considerations behind his career choices.
The world of Le Mans and the endurance championship might offer a new arena for Vettel, where his protégé, Mick Schumacher, is set to compete next year. “Nothing has been signed so far or decided, but I have the matter in mind,” Vettel noted.
Regarding Schumacher’s recent signing with Alpine for WEC and Le Mans, alongside his role as a Mercedes reserve driver, Vettel expressed support and optimism. “It’s great for him that he will sit in a racing car again and race,” he stated, acknowledging the importance of staying active in the racing world. “At the same time, he is staying in Formula 1, sticking with it and will continue to learn there,” Vettel added, hoping for a renewed opportunity for Schumacher in F1.