Formula One fans disagree with Lewis Hamilton that Sebastian Vettel will return to F1. In an exclusive poll for Express Sport, a staggering 58 per cent of readers claimed the German will never mount a comeback.
Just 42 per cent believe the four-time champion will rejoin the sport after walking away. It comes after Hamilton tipped the 35-year-old to return to racing in the near future.
Speaking last week ahead of Vettel’s final race, Hamilton said: “We always had such great battles, honestly, and I was just thinking, most drivers are coming back. He’s come back [Alonso], you’re probably going to come back. We’re seeing other drivers coming back, so I’m sitting here accepting, yes, it’s your last race… but… He’ll be back.
“Formula One has a way of sucking you back in. We’ve noticed that from so many other drivers. No?”
Vettel made his decision to retire over the summer break to spend more time with his family and children. However, the former Red Bull. Ferrari and Aston Martin star already admitted he will miss F1 more than he understands after stepping out of the car for the final time.
Over the weekend, Vettel could not rule out a paddock return in some capacity after time away from the racetrack. The 35-year-old stressed he could still be quick enough to get back in the car after two years away but hoped it was not something he would look at doing.
But he ruled out following the footsteps of recent retired world champions Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button as he snubbed punditry work. Vettel told Der Spiegel: “I’d like to rule it out [returning] but I can’t. I have no idea how I’ll be ticking in a year or two.
“As far as the physical is concerned, I do a sport that you could still return to after a two-year break. However, I wish that in two years I would still say: ‘No thanks, I don’t need racing anymore’ [I will] definitely not stand in front of the camera as a pundit with a microphone in my hand and give my two cents.
“I’m not sure I want to watch the race at all. Formula One was my purpose in life for 16 years. Now I secretly have an expectation of myself to be able to cope without Formula 1 – like I’m going through rehab.”