For Sebastian Vettel:
Recently justified doubts arose: Can the Heppenheimer reconcile his life as a Formula 1 racing driver with his conscience? Vettel is actively committed to environmental protection, equality and democracy. And he criticizes the pursuit of maximum profit. The German thus represents the opposite pole to Formula 1. It drives in Hungary, Turkey or Saudi Arabia in countries that are not so strict about popular rule or human rights, but which pour a lot of money into their coffers. She is still discussing the high costs of introducing sustainable fuel quickly. And it still lets jet jets chase across the grid as a status symbol and heat-up.
All of this is no longer Vettel’s world. But he also knows: as an active racing driver, he can achieve more than as a racing retiree. As a revolutionary, he can use the Formula 1 platform to send his message around the world and keep putting his finger in the wound.
In addition: Vettel is too young to hang up the helmet. At 34 years old, he hasn’t had enough of racing – and above all: curiosity wins. With the rule changes for 2022, he sees an opportunity to move from the gray midfield back to the podium and to shape a still young team into a successful team. A delightful task that seems to be tailored to the new, grown-up Sebastian Vettel.
Alone: Should he quickly discover in the next season that his team is not able to perform well and the new cars do not offer the driving fun he expects – then it cannot be ruled out that he will do something with Niki Lauda. The Formula 1 legend retired from the Canadian Grand Prix in 1979 in the middle of the season.
For Aston Martin:
But Vettel is and will remain the premium solution for Aston Martin. In terms of driving, he has left his internally highly acclaimed team-mate Lance Stroll behind by the middle of the season at the latest. Technically, the Heppenheimer is still considered one of the best in his field. His ability to sense a car and develop a team should be a decisive advantage, especially in a season with new cars and new rules.
It fits: Aston Martin is full throttle for the future. The plans for a new factory that will move into in 2022/23 have just been unveiled. Team owner Lawrence Stroll is investing in infrastructure and personnel – and wants to make Aston Martin a candidate for the title. It can’t hurt a driver who knows how to win world championships.
For the fans:
For Formula 1:
For the reasons mentioned above, the contract extension is a real win for the premier class. She needs heroes – and Vettel is one of them. Albeit an uncomfortable one. The fact that he repeatedly mutinies against the Formula 1 marketers and holds up the mirror to them should not please the bosses around ex-Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali. In the end, however, they also know: One four-time world champion less in the field doesn’t help anyone – just their nerves.
For Mick Schumacher:
At the latest after the Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher it is clear: Sebastian Vettel is something like the substitute father of the record world champion son. “It is good to know that there is someone in the paddock who means well with you,” emphasized Mick Schumacher last. And everyone who has seen the pictures in which Vettel Schumi junior explains the H-circuit of his legendary father’s Jordan 191 knows: The Heppenheimer has accepted his new role. And that also includes: Passing on Mick Schumacher’s knowledge and experience that his father can no longer give him. That Schumacher will now benefit from it for another year can only help.