Vettel Leaves GPDA: Potential Mercedes Option?

Sebastian Vettel has stepped down from his active role in the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) and, despite speculation, has shown no intention of returning to Formula 1, even with Lewis Hamilton‘s upcoming move to Ferrari in 2025 sparking rumors about potential replacements at Mercedes.

Highlights

– ‣ Lewis Hamilton will switch to Ferrari in 2025, leading to speculation about his replacement at Mercedes.
– ‣ Sebastian Vettel, despite retiring after the 2022 Formula 1 season, has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Hamilton.
– ‣ Vettel has stepped down from his active director role in the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) but remains a key figure within the organization.
– ‣ Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ team principal, remains in touch with Vettel but believes he has no desire to return to Formula 1 as a driver.


Oh boy, the F1 world’s buzzing again. Lewis Hamilton’s off to Ferrari in 2025, can you believe it? Now, everyone’s scratching their heads, wondering who’ll fill those big shoes at Mercedes. And guess what? Sebastian Vettel’s name keeps popping up. Yeah, the same Vettel who said “adios” to F1 after the 2022 season. But here’s the kicker—he’s also stepping back from the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA).

### Vettel’s GPDA Goodbye

So, the GPDA’s like the clubhouse for F1 drivers, right? Alexander Wurz is the big boss there. They’ve got a few directors, including a lawyer named Anastasia Fowle, George Russell, and, until recently, our man Vettel. He’s been in the director’s chair since 2010 but decided to bow out at the end of 2022. Though he’s leaving, he’s not vanishing into thin air. He might still hang around, just not in the spotlight. And for now, his chair’s staying empty.

“Sebastian’s taking a step back, but he’s still a big deal here,” Wurz spilled to PlanetF1.com. “We love it when he drops by to chat.” Vettel’s not hinting at a comeback as a driver, though. Yet, with Hamilton’s future move, whispers about Vettel eyeing Mercedes have started. Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss, admits he’s still in touch with Vettel. But he doubts Vettel’s itching to get back behind the wheel.

Crazy times, huh? Just when you think you’ve got F1 figured out, it throws a curveball.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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