Stroll says Aston Martin wanted retiring Vettel for 2023 F1 season

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Lawrence Stroll says Aston Martin wanted Sebastian Vettel to continue driving for the team in the 2023 Formula One season.

The four-time world champion announced his retirement on Thursday, with his career set to come to a close on the landmark occasion of his 300th F1 race in Abu Dhabi on November 20.

There has been speculation over Vettel's future throughout the season, with the German in the final year of his Aston Martin contract, and a decision was expected during the mid-season break.

Vettel confirmed ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend that he has decided to quit despite being offered the chance to stay with Aston Martin.

"I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half," Aston Martin executive chairman Stroll said in a statement.

"We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that.

"He has driven some fantastic races for us, and, behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers have been extremely valuable.

"He is one of the all-time greats of Formula One, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work with him.

"He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off."

Team principal Mike Krack also heaped praise on the 35-year-old.

"Sebastian is a superb driver - fast, intelligent and strategic - and of course we are going to miss those qualities," he said.

"However, we have all learned from him, and the knowledge that we have gained from working with him will continue to benefit our team long after his departure.

"Aston Martin is a great project, with unlimited potential, and the groundwork that Sebastian has done last year, and is still doing this year, is crucial.

"When we become fully competitive - and we will - one of the architects of that future success will be Sebastian, and we will always be grateful to him for that."

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