The sport is full of examples of long-lived athletes who have defied time and are continuing to chasing their childhood dreams despite the yellowed identity card. Just think of tennis, where Roger Federer (40) and Rafael Nadal (35), true racquet monsters, continue to compete with Novak Djokovic (34), in the running for a sensational Grand Slam. Or Valentino Rossi (42), LeBron James (37 in December), Lewis Hamilton (36), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40 in October), Fernando Alonso (40), Kimi Raikkonen (42 in October). Among these, only the Doctor knows he will retire with certainty at the end of the year. The others are all ‘at stake’ and who knows when they will stop. Even 34-year-old Sebastian doesn’t know exactly Vettel, but the four-time world champion would not want to emulate these examples.
“I don’t think I’ll run until I’m 40. Of course, I say it right now, but you never know, even Alonso didn’t expect to drive in Formula 1 at his age.“, The former Ferrari driver told reporters. “The first race of this year, that of Fernando’s return, we had a bit of wheel to wheel, and I was smiling in the cockpit, because I couldn’t wait to have one this year. And I think we’ve already had several: I always like to race against Fernando“.