Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel says friendship will be the biggest legacy of his Formula 1 career

Sebastian Vettel has had an outstanding F1 career, but aside from his remarkable sporting results, the four-time world champion has named the one thing he will remember about his life and times as a Grand Prix driver.
Vettel will retire at the end of the current season, having won 53 races, 57 pole positions, 122 podiums, and four world championships in his nearly 16 years in F1. He achieved the majority of his success with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
Vettel’s retirement announcement at the end of the season, just ahead of the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, was met with unanimous praise from his colleagues, particularly his former arch-rival Lewis Hamilton, with whom he battled for the world title during two hard-fought seasons with Ferrari.

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“We will miss him after so many years of sharing the track and having good fights,” the Mercedes driver said.
“Obviously, I was involved in all of his championships! He’s a great champion as well as a great man with strong values.” Sad because I’ve lost an ally on the grid, but I know he’ll be doing great things outside of the sport, and we’ll always be friends, and I hope there are other things we can do together outside of the sport.”

Speaking of friendship, Vettel stated that the personal relationships he has formed in the sport over the years will be an important part of his legacy.
“I was asked, ‘What do you keep?’ and I replied, ‘I will keep a lot of silverware!'” At the Hungaroring, Vettel spoke to the media.
“But I think it’s more about the memories, the emotions, the highs and lows, and the people I’ve met.”
Lewis is clearly one of the pivotal figures in the last few years, as are the friends I’ve made. It would be a much more difficult decision to retire if you gave up everything and lost all of these people.” Obviously, I won’t see them as frequently as I do now, and things will be different, but the friendships, people, and relationships will endure. “That’s probably the biggest one I’m looking forward to keeping, and the most meaningful legacy.”

Vettel also said that he will head into his well-deserved retirement feeling that he made the most of his time in F1 and that he is happy to make room for the “new kids on the block”.
“I think we all have a limit,” he said. “Obviously, if you achieve more then it’s a little bit further, you’re pushing that a little bit further. ” But I think it’s good; there are new kids on the block and they’re doing great. The time today and tomorrow belongs to them, so that’s just how it goes.
“We all have our time and I think, most importantly, we make the most of it and we enjoy it, and then move on and make room for the next ones.”
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