Vettel retirement rumors 'increasing' (3rd Update)
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UPDATE (GMM) Serious doubts are beginning to emerge about Sebastian Vettel's future in F1.
Already fiercely private, the German married his long-time partner Hanna between the Canadian and French grands prix.
His friend Bernie Ecclestone recently said Vettel does not want F1 to affect the "balance" of his family life.
As he was getting married in a short registry office ceremony, Ferrari was preparing its push for a 'review' of the stewards penalty in Montreal that cost him the race win.
It was rejected.
"What should we do now? Retire. At least I wouldn't be in any trouble anymore," international reports quote the 31-year-old as saying at Paul Ricard.
He was joking, but it is clear that all is not well with Vettel. He qualified seventh at Paul Ricard, four places behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.
There was even a tetchy radio exchange involving Leclerc, with Vettel saying: "I'm not trying to kill him so don't worry."
Some think the world of F1 could be witnessing quadruple world champion Vettel's final season on the grid.
"If Lewis Hamilton stays motivated, he still has another four or five seasons ahead of him," Kolner Express newspaper wrote. "Unlike Vettel."
Italy's Corriere della Sera added: "The German is no longer hiding his discomfort about the repeated difficulties facing him.
"Rumors of his F1 farewell at the end of the season are increasing."
Vettel's former Red Bull bosses think the pressure is showing on the German.
"With us, Sebastian was like a metronome when he was in the lead of a grand prix," said Christian Horner.
"He obviously looks a lot more under pressure these days, as he carries the hopes of Ferrari in a pressure-cooker environment."
Dr Helmut Marko agrees: "Sebastian has to fight against Mercedes with blunt weapons, and deal with things in his own team that are anything but pleasing."
06/04/19 Sebastian Vettel has dismissed reports that suggest he could quit F1 at the end of the year.
Former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro says the German is clearly "not having fun" this year or last, as he now grapples for number 1 status at Ferrari with Charles Leclerc.
Vettel's friend Bernie Ecclestone also thinks retirement is an option for the quadruple world champion.
"He won't change teams, he will end his career," the former F1 supremo said recently. "And I think not much is needed for that to happen.
"Sebastian has a happy family life and does not want F1 to put him out of balance."
31-year-old Vettel, though, now dismisses the retirement talk.
"I have no plans to stop," he told Auto Bild ahead of the Canadian GP. "I still have a lot of fun in Formula 1 and something to do at Ferrari.
"We want to try everything to bring about the turnaround this season and the Canadian GP should be the beginning," Vettel added.
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06/03/19 According to reports coming out of Spain and Marca, two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso wants to return back to Ferrari to replace Vettel if he retires.
With Vettel's future uncertain could Alonso be the man to partner Leclerc and bring the glory days back to Ferrari? Or did Alonso burn to many bridges at Ferrari and they will tell him to go pound sand?
05/28/19 Sebastian Vettel could be competing in his last season in Formula 1 according to rumors after the Monaco Grand Prix.
The German has endured a difficult period at Ferrari after moving to the Prancing Horse in the hopes of emulating Michael Schumacher and ending a long championship drought for the Scuderia.
Despite having a contract for the 2020 season, Vettel may be calling time on his career a year early according to Joe Saward's 'business of motorsport' newsletter.
In his post-Monaco Grand Prix newsletter, Saward reported that Vettel may be considering a move away from Formula 1 at the end of the current season.
"The most shocking rumor that started to spread in the paddock in Monaco is that Sebastian Vettel is considering retiring from F1 at the end of the season at the age of 31.
"After winning four world championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013 he tried to bring Ferrari back to success, but he made several mistakes and is now under pressure after the arrival of Charles Leclerc, younger and apparently with more growth margin than the German.
"A choice that in some ways would follow that of Nico Rosberg, who left F1 after winning the title in 2016 aware of the fact that he would hardly succeed in the enterprise again. The big question, of course, is who would be Vettel's successor.
"The names that have been circulating for now are those of Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas."