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Emotional Sebastian Vettel Considered Quitting It All in 2019: “What’s the Point of Getting Back in the Car?”

Naman Gopal Srivastava

Emotional Sebastian Vettel Considered Quitting It All in 2019: “What’s the Point of Getting Back in the Car?”

Taking place a few days after the 30th death anniversary of Ayrton Senna, the Imola GP saw Sebastian Vettel gather the F1 troops. Having never experienced a close call himself, the German former driver was never too far away from it. Recalling an experience from 2019, Vettel detailed how it broke him to the extent that he wanted to step away from racing altogether. 

Speaking to the media, further reported by GP Blog, Vettel recalled the crash of Anthoine Hubert. Racing in F2 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the young Frenchman lost his life in a fatal accident. After this, the 36-year-old recollected how he connected with his wife over phone calls, wondering if there was any point in continuing racing. 

“I remember the phone calls talking to my wife and wondering what’s the point of getting back in the car.”, Vettel said.

Eventually, the four-time world champion decided to carry on racing. The sport is what he loved the most, and he couldn’t resist the temptation. Having moved away from F1, Vettel is never too far away from the sport.

Stemming from the same are rumors that claim he might soon make a comeback. While that remains up for debate, there is no denying that F1 and its legends continue to hold a special place in Vettel’s heart. 

Sebastian Vettel led the charge to honor his childhood hero

The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend saw two tragic deaths in the form of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna30 years after the incident, Vettel led a foot race around the track in Imola to honor both drivers.

With a heavier emphasis on Senna, social media saw a barrage of photos of F1 personnel sporting t-shirts bearing the iconic colors of Senna’s helmet.

Brazilian and Austrian flags waved around in remembrance of both the drivers as everyone involved in the race, led by Sebastian Vettel, made their way around the 3.05-mile circuit. Detailing what made Senna more special, Vettel said that it was the three-time world champ’s compassion. 

He showed support for everyone and was very vocal about the situation of the social standing and poverty in his home country. Thus, “Ayrton [Senna] stands for so much more than his racing achievements in a car.”

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

Naman Gopal Srivastava


Naman is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. Initially a football fanatic who worships Puyol and Leo Messi, Naman soon fell in love with the world of F1 upon reading about Jim Clarke. While the current era drivers do fascinate him, Naman still chooses to idolize Clarke and Ayrton Senna. When he is not busy watching the highlights of some of the greatest races of his idols, Naman can be found scribbling little snippets in his diary of poems or out in the town, exploring new places to eat.

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