Four-time F1 world champion Vettel announced prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix he will retire by the end of the 2022 season, bringing to a finish his 15-year stint on the grid.
Alongside Hamilton, Vettel is a leading voice for issues beyond F1 recently, placing particular concentrate on the climate crisis and environmental issues facing the planet currently, in addition to issues such as for example LGBTQ+ rights and activism against racism.
Hamilton hoped Vettel’s efforts to speak up lately would help inspire another generation of drivers coming to use their public standing through F1 similarly.
“Ultimately I believe that generally we often stand on the shoulders of greats from days gone by, be it in this sport or other sports,” Hamilton said.
“I am hoping he inspires another generation. Be it that one or younger generation which will be coming through, to become more confident in utilising their platform, realising it isn’t nearly them and their car.
“It’s about something far, far larger than being here. I am hoping we see more folks like him.
“But, I cannot guarantee that, because I believe he’s rare.”
Vettel is a director for the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association since 2010, serving as an integral figure to go over F1 safety standards and speak up for the drivers.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images
Several his peers have expressed the hope that Vettel will continue in the role even with ending his racing career.
Hamilton said he was unsure what Vettel decided forever after F1, but was confident the German was “likely to be great, if he applies himself just how he’s got here with the bravery and sheer determination he’s had.”
Upon Vettel’s retirement, the only real drivers left on the grid who have been racing 10 years back will undoubtedly be Hamilton, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alpine driver Fernando Alonso.
Regardless of the grid growing younger, Hamilton dismissed the suggestion that F1 will be worse off once the established guard and experienced world champions such as for example him and Alonso were no more racing.
“We’re hoping our work leads it to an improved place,” Hamilton said.
“That is the work that I’ve tried to accomplish, what Seb’s been attempting to do here, really igniting the fire of sparking conversations, to leave the area an improved sport than it had been whenever we found it.
“I believe Seb has definitely had an enormous role to play for the reason that and there’s still plenty of work to accomplish.
“I have no idea if Seb can do more work, keep on the task in the backdrop with the activity or not. I doubt he’ll keep coming back and do commentary, nevertheless, you can’t ever say never!
“But, yeah, I really do hope it’s in an improved place. It would’ve been a horrible waste of time or even.”