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Vettel: Final F1 Friday practice feels 'funny'

Sebastian Vettel admitted to a "funny" feeling after his final Friday in F1 ahead of his impending retirement from the sport.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he felt a bit "funny" following the final Friday of his Formula 1 career at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Four-time World Champion Vettel is retiring this weekend after a 15-year career that has brought 53 wins from 298 starts so far. He was an encouraging sixth in the opening session for Aston Martin at Yas Marina, following that up with 12th in the second session. Speaking after his 300th day of Friday practice as a driver, Vettel felt that while it was business as usual, he did feel the significance of the moment.

Vettel reflects on final Friday in F1

"It's been like many other Fridays to be honest. Once you pull out of the garage, you get into your rhythm and do what you know best," Vettel explained to media. "[That] is to gather a lot of information and get into the groove of the car. "It didn't take long this afternoon and this evening the track changed but that's as we know (as conditions change from dusk to night throughout the second session). "A lot of things are really familiar, but it does feel a bit funny being the last Friday." To celebrate Vettel's final F1 weekend, his father Norbert has found the first racing suit, helmet and gloves used by the former go-karter from Heppenheim which are on display in the Aston garage. Vettel said that when he saw the suit: "I had some memories that took me back to 1995 (when he met Michael Schumacher). "It's been a while, but it is very nice [to see."

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Just one proud Dad 🥰 Seb's Dad was in the pits to wish him good luck ahead of his final F1 weekend 🥹 #AbuDhabiGP #DankeSeb pic.twitter.com/lDCJvMu3T5 — Formula 1 (@F1) November 18, 2022

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