Vettel is ready to retire from F1 on the finish of the present marketing campaign, which concludes after this month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
There, ought to he participate on this weekend’s predominant race at Interlagos after its dash occasion, Vettel will make his 299th and final F1 grand prix begin.
After his determination to retire was introduced forward of this yr’s Hungarian GP, Vettel’s closing races have change into a farewell tour, with Fernando Alonso signed as much as change him at Aston alongside Lance Stroll for 2023.
These occasions have corresponded with an upturn in Aston’s kind, with its regular improve plan since its massive Spanish GP replace modified the look of the AMR22 serving to the workforce transfer from ninth to seventh within the constructors’ championship.
When requested by Motorsport.com how a lot he was nonetheless working with Aston because it appears to implement the teachings discovered from its present bundle heading into the second yr of F1’s new floor impact period, Vettel stated he was aiding the inexperienced workforce with “all the pieces I’ve”.
“I’ve no purpose to carry again something,” he continued. “I am not altering, I am not going wherever, so I say what I believe. Nothing has modified in comparison with say final yr.”
Drivers leaving groups are sometimes frozen out of automobile growth work in case they take data with them to new F1 houses.
Though Vettel, who was talking on the current US GP, stated he was “not likely” concerned in direct talks with Aston’s engineers about its 2023 design, he clarified this meant the workforce is aware of “the weaknesses of this yr and clearly is making an attempt to repair them for subsequent yr”.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, on the grid
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Pictures
This implies he “can reply sure and I may reply no” on the subject of addressing issues on the AMR22 which will solely be cured with the brand new design coming for 2023.
Though it was off the tempo with its downforce deficit and added issues managing tyre life and brake temperatures final day out in Mexico, Vettel’s races in Singapore, Japan and the USA had been among the many finest he has produced all yr.
Solely a botched Austin pitstop dropped him from a possible podium battle and led to his thrilling last-lap fightback move on Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.
In Mexico, Vettel was requested if such performances meant he could be reconsidering stopping – a suggestion the four-time world champion rebuffed.
“I thought of this determination lengthy and exhausting and from a variety of angles,” he defined. “I discover it’s kind of unhappy that we are inclined to swing a lot now [regarding analysis of form].
“I see the advantages of getting feelings working excessive and low relatively than simply being flat however I believe the judging on the whole, it’s kind of too fast.
“We create a hype and too rapidly we create like an enormous – I do not wish to say disappointment and never due to my state of affairs now, the final races versus possibly the mid a part of the season – so it is extra of a normal factor.
“However yeah, I clearly loved the final two races, final couple of races greater than I did possibly some within the mid-part of the season, however they don’t have any influence on the choice.
“And if something it is an incredible reminder of why I really like this sport a lot, why I really like racing a lot.
“I had nice races and I actually loved them however I additionally had races that I did not get pleasure from a lot and I used to be wishing after 5 laps to see the chequered flag and it did not come out.
“So, you continue to have to seek out the motivation in that and cling in there. However yeah, I want that typically it simply would not swing as excessive and as low.”