Vettel would consider 'one race' F1 comeback after retirement

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Sebastian Vettel says he would seriously consider a "one-race career" return to Formula 1 after retiring at the end of 2022.

The four-time world champion made the admission as he prepares to race at his self-confessed favourite circuit on the calendar at Suzuka this weekend, perhaps for the final time.

Although, when it comes to post-F1 ideas, it was noted to Vettel that the Japan-based series Super GT and Super Formula also visit the unique figure-of-eight track.

"I guess they are racing in Suzuka as well," said the German, who has four Japanese Grand Prix wins to his name.

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"I don’t know. Never say never. It is a great track for many many reasons, and yeah, who knows what the future brings.

"Obviously I love driving and I think around this track I always felt very alive and the passion felt or feels very very alive.

"So yeah, we will see what type of car maybe in the future will come up."

It was then Vettel mooted the possibility of even stepping back into F1 for one last ride around Suzuka.

"Maybe if one of these guys in the future races here, feels a bit sick… I don’t know – I don’t wish them to feel so – but I wouldn’t mind jumping back in for a race at Suzuka at any time.

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"But yeah, obviously we will see what the future brings. At the moment I have no plans but I think there are some exciting races happening in Japan and we’ll see."

Asked if he was being serious about a one-off return, the 35-year-old replied: "One race, a one-race career in the future.

"Yeah, if anybody is happy to sign up a driver for a single race. I’m sure those guys wouldn’t be happy to step aside but that would be something I’d seriously consider."