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F1 | Japanese GP GP | Vettel on future interest in racing in Japanese categories and one-off F1 return: "Never say never"

During Thursday press conference ahead of the Japan Gran Prix, Vettel shares his thought about Suzuka circuit, his future plans and possibilities.

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F1 | Japanese GP GP | Vettel on future interest in racing in Japanese categories and one-off F1 return: "Never say never"
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F1 is finally back in Japan. The drivers are ready to hit the Suzuka circuit, known as one of the most particular in the calendar both for the layout of the track but also for the atmosphere and the love you can feel in Japan for motorsport.  

Suzuka has surely a special place in Sebastian Vettel heart. For the Aston Martin driver, who’s gonna retire at the end of the season, every weekend represents a last time in a circuit, but here, as he explained during today's press conference,  it does feel a bit different somehow. 

“Well, I've always loved the track. I think it stands out. It's my favourite track in the calendar. And the calendars have, you know, changed over so many years, and the tracks have disappeared…while they’re there but they're not on the calendar anymore…and we've added other tracks but, I don't know, from the very first time this has been a special place for me.”

“I think just the layout of corner, the first sector. It’s iconic, it's a figure eight track, the only one we have, plus then the atmosphere you know? The attention the sport gets when we come here is crazy. So yeah, lots of very nice memories. 

“And I didn't think you know, the other races obviously, I'm know that it will be my will be my last time in other places too but here it does feel a bit different somehow. But I look forward to the sessions that we have, every single one of them, and the race on Sunday.”

Since his love for this country and this track, it was asked to Vettel if he might have any interest in racing in Japanese categories like Super GT or Super Formula in the future: 

“I guess they're racing in Suzuka as well, so l don't know. Never say never. I mean, it is a great track for many, many reasons. And yeah, who knows what the future brings? I don't know. Obviously I love driving and I think around this track I always felt very alive and the passion feels very alive.

“So yeah, we will see what type of car maybe in the future will come up. Maybe one of the guys, in the future, who races here will feel 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 in Suzuka at any time. 

“If anybody's happy to sign up a driver for a single race. I'm sure those guys wouldn't be happy to step aside but it would be something I would seriously consider.”

The German driver at the moment does not seem to have a defined plan for the future, but he does not preclude himself from any opportunity:

“We'll see what the future brings. At the moment, I have no plans. But I think there are some exciting races happening in Japan and I don't know, we'll see.”

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