Sebastian Vettel, the four-time Formula 1 world champion who retired from the sport at the end of 2022, is reportedly considering a remarkable return to racing as early as next year.
Vettel had left Aston Martin, formerly Racing Point, but recently hinted that he has not entirely ruled out the prospect of making a comeback to the pinnacle of motor racing.
While Vettel has been discreet about reversing his decision to step away from Formula 1, there are indications that he is eager to resume competition on the racetrack.
German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has revealed that the 36-year-old has engaged in discussions with the Porsche-powered sportscar team, Jota, regarding a potential partnership for the upcoming season.
Vettel confirmed the ongoing discussions, stating, “Nothing has been signed or decided yet.
“But I have the matter in the back of my mind.
“I still have time to decide.
“If at some point I come to the conclusion that it doesn’t work without racing, then I will drive again.”
Interestingly, it has also come to light that Jenson Button, Vettel’s former Formula 1 rival and the 2009 world champion, has held talks with the Jota team.
Additionally, Robert Kubica, the victor of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, is another name linked to discussions with the team.
This raises the intriguing possibility of a team composed of former Formula 1 stars making a collective return to motorsport.
Despite persistent speculations regarding Vettel’s potential return to Formula 1, the German driver has exhibited no urgency to reoccupy a Formula 1 cockpit.
Instead, he has devoted his time to advocating for sustainable lifestyles and environmental initiatives.
Vettel’s commitment to promoting sustainability and responsible living both within and beyond the racing sphere has been a focal point of his post-retirement activities.
Vettel made a notable appearance at the Japanese Grand Prix, marking his second return to the Formula 1 paddock this season, following a previous appearance in Monaco.
At Suzuka, he launched a unique initiative, inviting fellow drivers to participate in a bee-keeping endeavour at the track.
This initiative underscores his dedication to environmental conservation and raising awareness about the importance of preserving nature.