Ricciardo and Bottas would like to keep Vettel at the head of the GPDA

Ricciardo and Bottas would like to keep Vettel at the head of the GPDA

Some F1 drivers would like to see Sebastian Vettel continue to represent them as director of the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association) in the future, with the four-time world champion announcing on Thursday that he will retire from piloting in the field. the end of the 2022 campaign.

While Sebastian Vettel will end his Formula 1 career at the end of the 2022 season, it is not yet known whether the German will continue his work as GPDA director after this date, otherwise a new director will be appointed. When asked by Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas about the matter, both men are quite clear that they would like to see Vettel continue as GPDA director next year: “We will see, maybe he wants to continue, I don’t know. He certainly did a good job. Seb is a guy who often tells it like it is. » Said Daniel Ricciardo this Thursday in Budapest.

“I’m not saying that aggressively…he’s just honest and straightforward and when we talk about things like safety, we don’t have to fight in the jungle. So I think his character is very good for this position. So yeah, we’ll see, he’s obviously new to us, so I think we will discuss it internally and think about who will take the best position. But yes, he has been good for us. »

Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas for his part also believes that Vettel will be difficult to replace in this position: “I feel like it’s very difficult to replace Seb in this kind of role because of the way he was. You know, he’s very simple and direct and doesn’t hold things back. »

“He just tells it like it is and asks a lot of things out loud, so hopefully he keeps going. [à ce poste]. I don’t know if he is interested, but it would be nice if he could continue. »

However, it is worth noting that Mercedes driver George Russell is also a GPDA director, while former driver Alex Wurz is its President.