Sebastian Vettel admits that he’s “scared of what’s coming” after he retires from Formula 1 at the end of the season.
Vettel announced last week that he would depart the sport at the end of the 2022 campaign.
The German has had a successful 15-year stint in the sport, winning four F1 titles as well as 53 grands prix.
Vettel was asked after he announced his retirement what his best memory in the sport is, to which he replied: “I don’t know how others answer this kind of question.
“I don’t work like that. Maybe it’s a sort of way to protect myself. I can agree on Monza [in 2008, his first F1 win], it was an incredible race, incredible emotions.
“Winning the title… I could name you now a few highlights but the way I’m working, I’m always looking forwards to what’s next.”
Vettel has been advocating for environmental issues over the last year, as well as speaking out for the LGBTQ community.
“The best race is still to come, which obviously you could say is bullshit if you are not racing anymore, but I think I’m referring to it in a better picture, as in life,” he continued.
“I think for every sportsman and woman, actually, probably the biggest challenge is probably waiting for us while we decide to do other things.
“That’s what I’m facing and in all honesty, I’m also scared of what’s coming. It might be a hole and I don’t know how deep it is and whether I’ll get out of it.
“But I have lots of support and people who have supported me along the way and will continue to help me and give me direction and guidance.
“Hopefully I’ll make the right decisions in the future to progress and become a better version of myself in 10 years’ time.”