Sebastian Vettel is prepared to wander absent from Formula One for very good if he won’t get a convincing offer you for following period.
The 4-time F1 winner will depart Ferrari at the conclude of the calendar year immediately after failing to get a new agreement. He faces an unsure foreseeable future with only restricted alternatives accessible for 2021 and has not began conversations with other groups. The truncated period commences Sunday at the Austrian Grand Prix.
“I want to make sure I make the right decision for myself and my future. I have a very competitive nature; I’ve achieved a lot in the sport and I’m motivated and willing to achieve more,” Vettel explained Thursday.
“To do so I need the right package and the right people around me, so that’s what I’m looking out for at the moment. If the right opportunity should arise then I think it’s quite clear. If that’s not the case I probably have to look out for something else.”
Contrary to two-time winner Fernando Alonso, who is open up to an F1 return following period immediately after quitting subsequent the 2018 marketing campaign, Vettel explained his doable exit from the activity would not be short term.
“I am of the conviction that if you are prepared to shut the door then you should be prepared to shut that door and not expect it to open again,” Vettel explained.
“You have to be aware of the decision you are making, that’s also why I am not rushing into anything. The next weeks and months will probably bring some more clarity.”
One doable choice for Vettel is Renault, which is getting rid of Daniel Ricciardo to McLaren following calendar year, but Alonso is also staying regarded as by the French staff as his alternative.
The other choice, seemingly not likely, is for Vettel to change both Valtteri Bottas or 6-time F1 winner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. Equally are out of agreement at the conclude of the calendar year but envisioned to indication new discounts.
Vettel was outperformed by teammate Charles Leclerc previous period, even even though it was Leclerc’s very first period with Ferrari and only his next in F1.
Even though the 22-calendar year-previous Leclerc was presented a new 5-calendar year agreement until eventually 2024, Vettel and Ferrari staff principal Mattia Binotto could not concur on a new offer.
“It was obviously a surprise to me when I got the call from Mattia, when he told me there was no further intention from the team to continue together,” explained Vettel, who turns 33 on Friday.
The growing tensions in between Vettel and Leclerc previous period culminated in a crash at the Brazilian GP in November. Leclerc overtook Vettel cleanly and Vettel experimented with overtaking him back again with a dangerous transfer, sending equally cars and trucks out of the race and infuriating administration.
Vettel explained he will obey staff orders this period if he is questioned to enable Leclerc previous him, but he has no intention of reigning in his aggressive edge.
“Should the situation arise and make perfect sense then you’d expect both drivers to help each other out. I don’t think that has anything to do with the fact my contract expires,” Vettel explained. “But at the same time you’re racing for yourself, so I’m not trying to make Charles’ life easier on track in terms of waving him by.”