Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has recently confirmed that he has no plans to retire from driving in the world’s top racing series anytime soon, as the four-time Formula One world champion just completed his 10th season of full-time competition this past season and his third driving for the Maranello team.
With his four career Formula One championships, Sebastian sits in a 3rd place tie on the all-time titles list with Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton, a 32-year-old who also still competes in the sport. He sits behind only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio on that list. The German driver won the four championships he has won so far in his Formula One career all in a row from the 2010 to the 2013 seasons, his third through sixth full-time seasons in the sport. At age 23, he became the youngest driver to win a title. At age 24, Sebastian became the youngest driver to win two titles. At age 25, he became the youngest driver to win three titles, and at age 26, he became the youngest driver to win four titles. In fact, only one other driver had ever won more than one title by the age of 26 years and 117 days, the age at which Sebastian Vettel won his fourth title, and that driver was Fernando Alonso, who had two titles to his name at that age.
With his 47 career Formula One victories, the German driver sits in 4th place on the all-time wins list. He trails only Michael Schumacher, who won 91 races, Lewis Hamilton, who has won 62 races, and Alain Prost who won 51 races. He should be able to crack the top three on that list by next season, as he sits just four below Alain Prost as of now.
“There is no concrete answer” – the Scuderia Ferrari driver told Spanish newspaper AS, when asked about his retirement plans, after main rival Lewis Hamilton admitted he does think about it – “The moment in which I no longer have fun (is when I will leave). That is because there are many drivers who would still be having fun and would need a seat.”
Last year Nico Rosberg walked away from Formula One days after winning his first World title which resulted in his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton being dogged by questions about his own future in the sport.