Sebastian Vettel could drive for the Aston Martin factory team in 2021 Zoom
It is now clear, however, that Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer gave a whisper last weekend when he asked ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ whether he could give Vettel a definite cancellation, “: We have long-term contracts with both drivers It would only be logical that we have no space. “
Because it was not that long ago, at least the sparrows from the roofs whistled that Vettel was invited to Lawrence Stroll in Gstaad, where the owner of the Racing Point team and the sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has a vacation home. Stroll is said to have already presented Vettel with a draft contract ready for signature.
Only: Vettel has not yet signed, according to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’. Until July 31, according to the ‘Bild’ newspaper, Racing Point can prematurely terminate the contract with Sergio Perez, which runs until 2022, against payment of a multi-million dollar transfer fee. If that is correct, the result is an ultimatum for Vettel’s yes or no to Racing Point (or Aston Martin).
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But Vettel does not intend to make his future decision dependent on others: “I do not see why I should let myself be put under pressure from outside,” he emphasizes in an interview with the ‘ORF’, meaning “circumstances and decisions that all around. Rather, it’s my own decision. And I haven’t made that yet. “
Vettel clarifies what should be “reasonable” and “orderly” if he is to continue his career. Many in the paddock ask themselves the question: Does a team that has to answer for a B-Mercedes just before the FIA, because Renault assumes to have tricked with intellectual property, meet its high standards?
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Or does he prefer to wait for a door to open somewhere else? Franz Tost, for example, does not believe that the Vettel variant back to Red Bull is off the table: “I would wait and see how the season goes. If a four-time world champion is recommended, a top team will not be able to avoid him,” he said AlphaTauri team boss cited by ‘F1-Insider.com’.
Gerhard Berger, together with Tost at the “Miracle of Monza” in 2008 Vettel’s first team boss, disagrees. He believes in the Racing Point variant: “I said to a journalist: The way it is discussed behind the hand in the paddock, it probably happened somewhere,” said Berger in an interview with ‘ServusTV’ on Monday.
“In Formula 1,” he speculates, “it is usually the case that the issues are often already dealt with when they are discussed. So I can well imagine that Sebastian will appear at Racing Point. That could be the only thing for him Be an alternative where he says: ‘With that thing I can also win races.’ “
Berger: The door to Red Bull is locked for Vettel
For Berger it was “clear from the start that Red Bull would not be looking for Sebastian. Red Bull always looks at young, aggressive, upcoming racing drivers, and always takes these people in, where the future is still ahead of them From the beginning I didn’t believe that there would be a great discussion. “
“It’s the same at Mercedes. As long as Lewis is there, there will be no place for Sebastian. Lewis is in the best car again this year, can become world champion again and set Michael Schumacher’s record. Then he will certainly try to put one on top of it “Why should he change teams or stop when he can break all records?”
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“I wouldn’t wish to see Sebastian anywhere in the middle of the field,” says the DTM boss. In his view, Racing Point would not be a relegation to midfield. The team at the Styrian Grand Prix “had an outstanding performance. With a Sebastian in the car, that would have been even better, no question.”
What speaks for Vettel and Aston Martin: Szafnauer formulated his denial in the FIA press conference on Friday in the subjunctive (“would only be logical”) instead of giving a clear no to Vettel on record. And even Vettel himself indicates in the ‘ORF’ that contracts are one thing, but actual variants are often quite another thing.
When asked what options he still had after all the public cancellations by Mercedes, Red Bull and Aston Martin, Vettel replied: “That will show. On the one hand, it can be answered easily, in the sense of: Which contracts have been made and which have not ? ” The “other hand” he leaves open …
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One thing is clear: Vettel has no time pressure. “Before the start of the season next year it would be good if you knew something,” he laughs. The 33-year-old rules out a resignation before the end of his Ferrari contract, as some suspect: “To put on or say, now it’s enough for me, premature, that’s not an option.”
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“If there’s something sensible, it’s interesting. And if there’s nothing sensible, it’s rather uninteresting. Actually, I see it quite simply,” he explains. “I have achieved a lot in the past in the sport. And of course it is my goal to continue to achieve something.”
“If I were to make sure that I increase my wallet as much as possible, I would probably already have a seat by now. But that is not the goal. I am aware that I have been very successful in recent years, but also very big I was lucky to make good money. Money never played a role in this regard, and it doesn’t matter now. “
“Rather, it is the matter,” continued Vettel. “It should be something round and something clever. And if it isn’t, then I have to be honest enough with myself: maybe that was it?” He also does not rule out a one-year break: “Everything is possible at the moment. I think that the next few weeks and months will provide more information.”
No resignation in the Sky interview with Brundle
By the way: Media reports that he could already announce his resignation in a Sky interview at Hungaroring are completely drawn to the hair. Sky expert Martin Brundle commented that Vettel had asked him for an interview, caused excitement on the Internet and stimulated the imagination of some fans.
But Vettel corrected to ‘F1-Insider.com’: “Actually an interview with Sky in Austria was planned. We had to postpone that in favor of ORF to Hungary. That’s what the conversation with Brundle was about and nothing else. It’s something been exaggerated. “
By the way: What speaks for and against the fact that Sebastian Vettel will switch to Racing Point or Aston Martin in 2021 is one of the central themes of the current edition of the Formula 1 podcast ‘Starting Grid’ with editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll and the popular moderators Kevin Scheuren and Ole Laundry.
That stroll sen. Vettel as the driving force for his Aston Martin project may have preferred Perez, is understandable. It is obvious that he sees a four-time world champion as the perfect mentor for his son Lance. And a world-famous Formula 1 star Vettel, who smiles from advertising walls in the British Racing Green in front of the Aston Martin DBX, also makes economic sense.
But there are also reasons that speak against a move from Vettel to Aston Martin, and these are discussed in the podcast. Are you curious? Starting Grid is available for download in the audio player from Motorsport-Total.com and Formel1.de, as a free iTunes subscription or directly from the producer meinsportpodcast.de.