“100% Nonsense” – Aston Martin Boss Explains Sebastian Vettel’s F1 Contract Saga

Published 09/12/2021, 5:01 AM EDT
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 29: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team walks the track during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 29, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel left Scuderia Ferrari to join the new/rebranded Aston martin this year. While many thought the German pen to paper a multi-year contract but it turns out to be a one-year deal with an option to extend his contract for another year.

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And according to the rumors in the driver’s market, it suggested that the four-time world champion will retire from the pinnacle of motor racing at the end of the current season after a rift in the relationship between him and the Silverstone-based team.

Meanwhile, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer reveals the media report regarding the rift in the relationship between Sebastian Vettel and the team are absolutely nonsense.

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What did Otmar Szafnauer say?

Otmar Szafnauer assures there is a cordial relationship between Sebastian Vettel and the team. In addition, the American reveals any rumor about the rift relationship are “100 percent nonsense”.

“We don’t have a Plan B. There are zero points of friction. Ask him yourself! I’m sure he will say that he loves this. It’s really just about clarifying a few details,” said Otmar, who wants to retain the 34-year-old driver for next season.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard.

Furthermore, the Aston martin team principal reveals if they wanted to replace Vettel they would’ve spoken to other drivers.

“If we had the slightest doubt, we would have entered into such conversations. In July, when everyone was talking about whether to go to Williams or to Alfa. But we are not,” said Otmar. (Quotes translated via Google)

Otmar on the multi-year contract, which Sebastian Vettel signed last year

One of the biggest surprises was when Aston Martin announced that Sebastian Vettel will join the Silvertone-based team, it was expected that the German has signed for 2021 and beyond but it was, in fact, a one-year contract. Meanwhile, Otmar Szafnauer opens up on Vettel’s contract dilemma.

“Yes, it was a multi-year contract. But there are options on both sides,” said Otmar.

“And if there are options on both sides, then there are a few details that you have to negotiate until a certain date is reached, and the option expires. And that’s what is happening right now. I think we’ll announce something before that date,” explains Szafnauer.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

In addition, when asked when the highly-anticipated contract extension deal will be announced, the American replied: “It could be ready within the next seven to ten days. So before the next Grand Prix on September 26th in Sochi.”

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Can we witness Sebastian Vettel driving for Aston Martin next season or the German driver will take a sabbatical? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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