Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has been rumored to be considering retirement following the conclusion of the 2019 Formula 1 season. Sebastian is currently in his fifth Formula 1 season driving for the Italian side and he is under contract for a sixth. However, rumors emerged during the weekend of last Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix that he is considering retirement following the conclusion of the 2019 season, even though he is still only 31 years old.
British Formula 1 journalist Joe Saward revealed this information regrading the German driver, in his latest newsletter, “Joe Saward’s Business of Motorsport”, according to Planet F1.
In August of 2017, the 31-year-old German signed a three-year contract extension with the Scuderia to continue driving for the team through the 2020 season, as the three-year contract he signed with the Italian team ahead of the 2015 season after departing from Red Bull Racing following the 2014 season was set to expire at the end of the 2017 season. And ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that he has no intention of putting an end to his career, adding the fact that his focus is achieving the world title with Ferrari:
Asked by AMuS about the recent retirement rumors, Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver explained: “I’m not going to retire. Formula 1 is still a lot of fun for me and I still have a lot of work to do at Ferrari. This season we want to try everything in order to turn the tables around again and the Canadian Grand Prix should be the beginning of that. Our car is good, but we are still in the progress of getting to know it. Espcially finding the optimum interaction with the tyres has become more difficult this season. Others (Mercedes, Red Bull) have managed that better so far. We learn new things [about our car] every day. This knowledge also helps us to build the car for next season.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by AMuS earlier today.