Sebastian Vettel, the iconic Formula 1 driver, has quashed rumours of a swift reentry into motorsport, notably in the realm of Formula E.
The racing legend, who retired from Formula 1 at the close of the previous season, has firmly prioritised spending quality time with his family and championing environmental causes as focal points in this phase of his life.
After an illustrious journey that saw Vettel shine with Red Bull and Ferrari before a stint with the Aston Martin team, the 35-year-old driver decided to step away from the fast-paced world of Formula 1.
The decision was rooted in his aspiration for a more enriched familial connection, as the demanding F1 schedule of 24 races per season spanned across the globe became increasingly incompatible with his desire.
Furthermore, Vettel’s environmental consciousness has evolved into a profound passion in recent years.
While Formula 1 has unveiled its intention to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, there is still progress to be made on that front.
Vettel’s commitment to minimising his environmental footprint has steered his actions towards conscious choices.
His participation in the Race of Champions during the winter and limited driving appearances, such as those employing carbon-neutral fuel, as seen at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, embody his dedication to aligning his actions with his beliefs.
As speculation percolates around a potential return to motorsport, Vettel’s inclination for a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle poses questions about the manner in which he might re-engage with competitive racing.
Amid the discourse, Formula E emerges as a logical contender due to its less rigorous schedule compared to Formula 1, aligning well with Vettel’s present priorities.
The intrigue surrounding Vettel’s potential comeback gained momentum when Thomas Biermaier, the team principal of ABT Cupra, mused about possible contenders for the upcoming season.
Though Vettel’s name wasn’t explicitly mentioned, Biermaier’s remarks, prompted by inquiries about a successor for the departing Robert Frijns, ignited speculation within the motorsport community, conjuring visions of the four-time Formula 1 champion making a return.