All 20 Formula 1 drivers met up for dinner on Thursday night to celebrate the retirement of veteran star Sebastian Vettel. Check it out here.
Sebastian Vettel : Dinner | is married | Why is retiring
Sebastian Vettel is a former German racing driver who competed in Formula One from 2007 to 2022 for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Aston Martin.
|Born||3 July 1987
Heppenheim, West Germany
|Formula One World Championship career|
|2022 team||Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes|
|Car number||5, 1 (2014)|
|Entries||300 (299 starts)|
|Championships||4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
Also Vettel is one of the most successful drivers in Formula One history and has won four World Drivers’ Championship titles, which he won consecutively from 2010 to 2013.
Vettel is the youngest World Champion in Formula One; he also has the third-most race victories (53) and podium finishes (122), and fourth-most pole positions (57).
Sebastian Vettel Dinner
Four-time world champion Vettel will retire at the end of the 2022 season after finishing his final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in 10th.
So in a rare moment ahead of the first practice session in Abu Dhabi, all the 20 Formula 1 drivers were seen getting together at Vettel’s farewell dinner.
The plan was initiated by long-time F1 rival and friend Lewis Hamilton but all the 20 drivers gathered for the dinner to make the night memorable.
The pictures of the same were also shared by the drivers and fans on social media. Fellow driver and Formula 1 great Fernando Alonso shared the picture from the dinner and captioned it, “That was a fun night. #DankeSeb.”
7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton shared another photo and wrote, “An unforgettable night”. Vettel’s team Aston Martin also shared a picture and wrote, “Everyone is a Sebastian Vettel fan. #DankeSeb”.
Meanwhile, F1 great Fernando Alonso also paid tribute to the German driver Vettel. Alonso shared a post on his social media and revealed a special helmet that he is set to don during the Abu Dhabi GP. “Danke Seb, One last time sharing the track with you, It will be emotional and sad at the same time, but I wish you all the best for your next chapter,” Alonso wrote on his Instagram handle while sharing the photo of the helmet.
Is Sebastian Vettel married
Hanna Prater is Sebastian Vettel’s wife and childhood friend. The duo reportedly first met in 2006 but chose to tie the knot only in 2019. The two were school friends, with both of them hailing from Heppenheim, Germany.
Also the duo are parents to three children and have yet to have announced the name of their most recent child. The other two are named Emile and Mathilda.
Hanna Prater reportedly worked for ‘Look Magazine’ and S.Oliver fashion house. She left her job after getting married to Vettel and has been a housewife to him since.
She is said to be an industrial fashion student, but there is no official confirmation of the same.
Vettel and his wife are very secretive about their private lives, with the world champion being absent from all forms of social media.
Hanna Prater reportedly studied industrial fashion design in school and has worked for ‘Look Magazine’ and S. Oliver fashion house. She is currently a housewife and looks after her three kids while her husband is out racing around the world.
Why is retiring
Sebastian Vettel has revealed how a voice was “creeping up” on him telling him to announce his retirement from racing in Formula 1.
Four-time World Champion Vettel is set for his 299th and final Grand Prix start at the 2022 season-finale in Abu Dhabi, having raced full-time since 2008.
Also the German is set to bow out as the fourth most successful driver of all-time after a two-year stint at Aston Martin.
However, 35-year-old Vettel has revealed how retirement thoughts first hit him during the aftermath of his departure from Ferrari in 2020.
“I think I just felt a big relief, because the decision is a very big, life-changing one to me,” Vettel explained on the F1 Beyond The Grid podcast.
“It was in my head and growing inside me for a very long time, [and there were] a lot of conversations with my wife and with myself as well, trying to initially understand that voice that was creeping up and giving me an idea that it’s time to move on, but initially I pushed it away.
“It kept growing, so it has been confusing at the beginning, and then a progress I would say.
“Once the decision was made, and it was out, then it was quite a relief.