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Sebastian Vettel mulls F1 comeback amid family balance and racing passion

Former Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has hinted at the possibility of a comeback to the pinnacle of motorsport, revealing that the idea crosses his mind.

Since stepping away from F1 after the 2022 season, Vettel has been the subject of speculation regarding a potential return, akin to legendary drivers like Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel, a veteran of 53 race wins, has been linked with a seat at Mercedes, fuelling rumours of a comeback. However, the German driver remains contemplative, acknowledging the need to balance his professional ambitions with family commitments.

In a recent interview following a Le Mans test with Porsche Penske Motorsport, Vettel shared his thoughts on the prospect of returning to F1. "Of course you think about it and flirt with it," he admitted, highlighting the internal struggle between his passion for racing and his responsibilities as a father.

Vettel emphasized the importance of family life, recounting conversations with his children about the potential demands of a return to F1. "Sometimes it’s the case that [one of my children] says: 'Dad, don’t do that, then you’ll be gone so much,'" he revealed.

While Vettel remains open to the idea of a comeback, he stressed that no firm decision has been made. "Maybe the mood will change again," he speculated, indicating that his focus remains on enjoying time with his family.

Addressing rumours of discussions with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, Vettel clarified that talks did occur but not specifically regarding a return to F1. "We spoke on the phone," he stated, downplaying the extent of the discussions.

As Formula 1 gears up for the Japan Grand Prix, Vettel's potential return adds intrigue to next season. However, with no concrete plans in place, fans will have to wait to see whether the four-time champion will grace the grid once again.

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