Toto Wolff weighs in on Sebastian Vettel’s future as retirement talk continues

Sebastian Vettel is currently without a contract for next season.

Sebastian Vettel is currently deciding whether to continue in Formula 1 for another season, with the German’s contract set to expire at the end of 2022.

The four-time World Champion is believed to be using the upcoming summer break to think about his options, with the Aston Martin F1 Team being keen to retain the experienced German.

However, Vettel has begun to focus more on his environmental campaigns, which regularly include wearing t-shirts and helmet liveries to represent certain cultural activism causes.

The 35-year-old has even spoken out against the sport for not doing enough to support the environment, insisting that F1 is “four years behind modern technology”.

It’s because of this, and the constant “hypocrite” backlash that many wonder whether Vettel will decide to leave the sport and primarily focus on activism.

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The German driver has tried to present environmental change to F1 fans in a new way, by recently running a 1922 Aston Martin and a 1992 Williams using his own ‘green fuel’.

The Aston Martin driver believes he’s shown “it is possible” to run cars with ‘green fuel’, and hopes the sport has taken notice.

“Although we had much less time to prepare the project this time, we still managed to do it,” the German told Bild newspaper.

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“So you can see that it is possible.

“The possibilities are there to do that in Formula 1 as well. Ask yourself why the people here are so slow.

“We always claim that we are the best and the fastest, but we are more than four years behind modern technology,” slammed Vettel.

“There are so many problems in the world, but money and politics so often keep us from doing what would actually make sense.

“Formula 1 is no different,” he insisted.

The 53-time Grand Prix winner is clearly becoming frustrated with F1’s lack of action, something which Sir Lewis Hamilton has also called the sport out on over the ‘We Race As One’ movement.

It’s due to the sport’s reluctance to change, that Vettel may leave; however, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff thinks it would be a “shame” for the sport to lose a character like Vettel.

“It would be a shame if we lost another straightforward and intelligent mind. There are too few of those in Formula 1,” the Austrian told ntv.

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Wolff revealed that his own young family are good friends of Vettel’s equally young family, with the 50-year-old explaining what sort of topics the pair talk about when away from the F1 circus.

“The families are friends and I value his opinion very much,” he said.

“We talk more about about God and the world, environment, families, upbringing than about the sport,” said Wolff.