F1 drivers call Vettel “inspiration”, “legend” and irreplaceable

The Formula 1 drivers did not sweeten their poignant tribute to one of the sport’s greatest drivers on and off the track, Sebastian Vettel.

The Aston Martin driver has announced via Instagram that he will retire from F1 at the end of the season. During his legendary career, he recorded four world championships (from ’10 to ’13), 53 race wins and 122 podiums. There are still 10 races left on the calendar.

But its impact went beyond just running, as Vettel never hesitated to talk about environmental or human rights issues.

“There is no lack of courage in Sebastian,” said Lewis Hamilton Sky Sports Thursday. “He was one of the very few drivers in racing history who represented much more than himself. He used his voice in things that I fought for and he stood by me, he got down on his knees, he went on his journey and he stood on the grid and he fought for the things he believed in and for the superior good.

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