Why Red Bull think Sebastian Vettel will come back

Sebastian Vettel called time on his Formula 1 career after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in late 2022, at the age of 35.

Sebastian Vettel is one of the best drivers to ever have graced a Formula 1 racetrack, with the four-time world champion proving almost unbeatable during his time with Red Bull.

The German was quite a fiery and sometimes controversial character during his early years in the sport but matured significantly towards the end of his career, where he even became somewhat of a mentor for the young Mick Schumacher.

The 35-year-old has revealed that he has retired from motorsport to focus on other avenues in life that he would like to explore, such as spending more time with his children.

Vettel has been a massive campaigner for environmental change in recent years, even wearing a helmet which clearly protested against environmental crimes in Canada when F1 travelled to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year.

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While those in the paddock have urged Vettel to return to Formula 1 in some capacity, the German has explained that he will most likely not make a U-turn in his decision to leave the sport, as he continues to press for change in the world.

An eventual move back to Red Bull to start a management career in one of the many categories the energy drink giants are involved in has been rumoured, and the team’s chief advisor Helmut Marko has revealed that not even Vettel has entirely ruled out this possibility.

“It is not impossible that he will come back for a top management position,” Marko told Sky Deutschland.

“We had a conversation and if he could get a position like that, it could appeal to him. That became clear during the conversation.

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“He certainly has the potential and the personality for it, but for now let’s let him plant a few trees,” he concluded.

Fans initially begged Vettel to stay in the sport as a test or reserve driver, but the 35-year-old was quick to reject this idea, claiming that he does not see the point in still travelling to the majority of races to “do nothing”.

The German has admitted that he would consider himself a failure should he ever return to Formula 1, but even he has admitted that he is unsure how he will feel in a couple of years’ time, having not experience the adrenaline rush from motorsport for a while.