Sebastian Vettel ready to return to Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel has stated that “it hurts to stand on the sidelines of Formula 1."

Sebastian Vettel, the four-time Formula 1 world champion, has dropped yet another hint that he may be contemplating a return to the world of racing, expressing his longing to be back on the track. 

The German racing legend is currently at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he has made headlines for a unique endeavour, setting up a ‘bee hotel’ near the circuit’s turn two to promote local wildlife.

Vettel’s bee-friendly initiative has already earned the affectionate moniker “buzzin’ corner” from the locals, although, as noted by Karun Chandhok, no bees have yet taken up residence in the hives. 

Nevertheless, the long-term goal is to establish a thriving bee population in the area, recognising the crucial role these creatures play in our environment.

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Standing beside the ‘buzzin’ corner,’ Vettel shared his innermost feelings with Sky Germany, offering fans a tantalising glimpse into his racing ambitions. 

He stated, “It hurts to stand on the sidelines and see these cars go by.” 

His words have ignited speculation about his potential return to Formula 1.

The 36-year-old driver stepped away from the sport at the end of the previous season, largely influenced by his frustrating experience with an underperforming Aston Martin car. 

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The two years with the team were far from ideal, leaving Vettel yearning for a more competitive environment.

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One development that may have stung Vettel this season is the resurgence of his 42-year-old compatriot, Fernando Alonso, who races with the same team. 

Alonso has secured an impressive seven podium finishes in 2023, reinvigorating his career after a previous retirement.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 in a recent interview, Vettel hinted at the possibility of a comeback, saying, “It probably will depend much on when, and obviously it’s not endless because, at 36, it’s not like in 10 years’ time maybe I think about it.

“Then time has passed. 

“But it will depend on the challenge, the situation, whatever. 

“But it’s not in my head right now, and I’m enjoying the sort of outlook of the challenge of what to do next.”