Three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart has advised four-time champ Sebastian Vettel to retire and become an “ambassador” for motorsport.
Set to end a tumultuous six-year stint with Ferrari at the end of this season, Vettel is on his way to Racing Point in 2021, which will be rebranded as Aston Martin’s works team, and where he will be expected to help develop the team into a title contender.
However Stewart, who has never been shy about giving his opinion, suggested the 33-year-old should head in another direction.
“Sebastian Vettel is a really nice gentleman, he’s had a wonderful career, and I personally would love to see him retire and do what I do,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. “Go to some of the best events, get involved with some of the best multinational corporations.
“He’d be a great ambassador for the sport apart from anything else.”
With 53 wins and 57 poles in addition to his four titles, Vettel has certainly earned his spot in the F1 history books, but has seen his form take a nosedive over the past two seasons – so much so that Racing Point have acknowledged they will have to help the German “get his mojo back” upon arrival.
As a result, questions have arisen over whether he has the same desire to compete at the top level any more, although Stewart believes that is the exact reason why he is looking to continue.
“If he wants to continue racing, it will be because he loves the sport,” he said.