However, the 35-year-old has expressed his willingness to take steps to address them, as he has grown older and more receptive to problems away from the track.
“It may sound a bit stereotyped, but when I turn 30, which means I have kids, things change,” he explained. “And I’m the same as I was 10 years ago, but I’m not the same, and many things have changed.
“I also think I’ve always tried to see things in terms of my interests and how I see the world and how I understand the world, but maybe when I was younger I didn’t see as much as other people. I’m thinking of a few things today.
One topic Vettel is very passionate about is climate change and the extent to which it should be taken to tackle this issue.
Vettel believes the racing world “doesn’t do enough” to reinvest its huge profits because “the problems we face are bigger than we realize”. I’m here.
“I feel there’s a lot of money in F1. A lot of money is being returned. It’s about how much money you’re willing to reinvest. It’s not just F1, it’s all there. I think it’s the same for our business,” Vettel said.
“Obviously we have a big event and a lot of people are attending. It works very well here in Holland, for example, because it’s so remote and there are only two roads, so if everyone comes by car, it’s going to be a problem.”
F1 is looking to tackle climate change with new engine regulations to be introduced in 2026.
Vettel believes that if the sport wants to implement these changes sooner, it can, but “internal issues” need to be put aside.
“Obviously, we burn fuel to unleash our passion and that’s what people see. If people criticize it, it’s fair,” he said.
“It’s only natural that people get criticized when they’re not as comfortable as they used to be and they’re talking about a freezing winter coming up at home. Pay their bills and all that. Look, I think you’re right to try it.
“We, you and I, need to rethink our behavior and be content to change something or give up our comfort. increase.
“And on the other hand, it requires systemic change. We need rules and regulations that don’t allow events to happen unless you do certain things and tick certain boxes.”
Like another sport’s great champion Serena Williams, 2022 is the year Vettel steps out of the cockpit, puts on a helmet and retires from racing.
In his 15-year career, he has become one of the sport’s most successful drivers, with 53 race wins and 122 podiums.
From 2010 to 2013, he was F1’s dominant driver, winning four consecutive Drivers’ Championship titles while driving for Red Bull.
Only Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have won more than Vettel, who is now racing for Aston Martin in his second season after working for Ferrari for six years.
After such an illustrious career behind the wheel, Vettel is enjoying the opportunity to spend more time with his three children without worrying about his performance on the track.
“It may sound crazy, but be there when you’re there and don’t have to think or prepare or think about what you need to do to betray or overtake other people.” said Vettel.
He added: “And the way I’ve done and wanted to do this work for years, I’m sure it’s right, and it takes a lot of effort and a lot of energy.” I know it’s necessary. Doing everything at once won’t work.
“It’s been tough anyway, but I’m doing very well and I’ve been there and I think I’ve done this. Like I said, I think it’s the right time to do other things. It’s obviously a family Discovering new facets and new elements about me and the interests I have, not just life, gives me more space, more time, and room to really explore. They will help you.”
However, although he retired as one of the most successful drivers in F1 history, Vettel admits that due to the nature of his time, he will be forgotten.
“For the race, for what I have achieved on the track. They will continue to do great things, and we will have new children.”
“So hopefully there will be some girls and women in the future. No. So I think I’m happy… But as time goes by, it’s normal for new heroes to be celebrated.