Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has announced he will retire from Formula One at the end of the current season.
Vettel, who won all of his championship titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, is among the sport’s most successful drivers having recorded 53 race wins and 122 podiums over the course of his 15-year career.
Only Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have claimed more wins than the 35-year-old German, currently in his second year racing for Aston Martin after a six-year stint with Ferrari.
“The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Vettel said.
“At the end of the year, I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next. It is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family.
“But today is not about saying goodbye. Rather, it is about saying thank you — to everyone — not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula 1 could not exist.”
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SOURCE: CNN, George Ramsay