Formula 1 world champion eyeing shock return in 2025?

Sebastian Vettel recently made some remarks about a return to Formula 1 and did not completely rule it out.

Sebastian Vettel, Formula 1
Sebastian Vettel, Formula 1 / Qian Jun/MB Media/GettyImages

Sebastian Vettel spent 16 seasons in Formula 1, driving for many teams before retiring from the sport in 2022. However, rumors surrounding the German driver’s potential return to Formula 1 have recently picked up. 

Vettel recently told Sky Sports that he has not ruled out a return to being a driver. The four-time world champion also stated that he has contacted a few team principals, including Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who must replace the Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton next season.

The 36-year-old insists that racing was not the only thing he and Wolff discussed.

“Well, potentially I am because I haven't got a drive, but the question is, am I looking for one? I think it depends on the package," he said. "I retired from Formula 1 not to come back, but I also did say that you never know. So I think it still stands. Obviously, there are things that I miss, which is mostly the competition. And things that I don't miss, so that hasn't changed.” 

Could a Sebastian Vettel return really happen?

It largely depends on Vettel’s assessment of himself. His last few years in Formula 1 were not the best, and he did experience a rather bitter ending with Ferrari when they offered him a short-term deal in 2020.

If Vettel believes in himself to drive at the highest level once again, it would not be too difficult for him to find a seat. These rumors come at a rather convenient time, with Hamilton's Mercedes seat still open for next season, coupled with Vettel’s relationship with Wolff.

Either way, Vettel is still seeking to have a place in Formula 1, even if it is not as a driver. We have seen him advocate for sustainability and climate-neutral fuel at the Japanese Grand Prix and British Grand Prix in past years.

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There is a possibility that Vettel will join a team to aid in development, with Mercedes being the one that stands out. This will be a situation to monitor as the season goes on, and there could be a few teams vying for his signature heading into 2025.