Sebastian Vettel ended his legendary F1 career with a 10th-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vettel’s final race was celebrated in several ways, including Saturday night’s track run, which saw the four-time world champion organize for people of all abilities in the paddock.
Lewis Hamilton also paid for all 20 drivers at a dinner to say goodbye to the German driver earlier this week.
Before the race, other drivers put Vettel on the guard of honor, and after the checkered flag, he made donuts on the track.
He was then interviewed in front of the main grandstand after getting out of the car, which is usually reserved for the top three finishers.
“Honestly, I feel a little empty, it was a great weekend,” Vettel said in an interview on the track after the race.
“Today, before the race, there was a slightly different warm-up, but as soon as the lights go out, the full racing mode begins.
“Obviously, we chose, maybe not the best strategy, so it was a shame, because I think that we could turn the constructors’ championship in our favor.
“But overall, obviously it was a big day and a big thank you to all the support, so many flags, so many smiley faces, which was very, very special.
“I’m sure I’m going to miss more than I realize right now.”
Vettel’s next move after F1 has yet to be confirmed. The German driver said that he is in no rush to switch to another racing series ahead of this weekend’s race as he wants to spend some quality time with his family.