On Wednesday, the Renault F1 team announced that it is recruiting Fernando Alonso for the 2021 season. Of course, this shuts down any rumors of Sebastian Vettel joining Renault and leaving him without a seat.
Nonetheless, there are a number of teams that are yet to confirm their 2021 line-ups, therefore its not all bad for Vettel.
Speaking in the pre-race press conference, Sebastian Vettel opened up on speculation surrounding his future. He said, “I haven’t made a decision yet. Fernando’s coming back, which is good for F1. But independent from that obviously looking at myself as I said.
“I’ll take the time that I need to take a decision for myself first. Everything is an option at the moment – carry on, have a break or retire. I’m interested in achieving more, not just taking part.”
Now that he is no longer tethered to Ferrari, Vettel has a tough task ahead of him if he wants to stay in F1. There have been several rumors associating Vettel to a variety of F1 teams, but nothing concrete has come out as of yet.
For the moment, the German driver is focusing on the ongoing F1 season and trying to make an impression.
If he delivers a decent enough performance, there is an off chance that some team could pick him up. Since Vettel is known to be quite detail-oriented, his inputs can be valuable in building a team from the ground up.
Back in 2012, Kimi Raikkonen did it when he joined the Lotus F1 team and turned them into a powerhouse and top 3 contenders.
Red Bull is one team that can attest to Vettel’s attention to detail. When Christian Horner spoke to David Coulthard earlier this year on F1 Unscripted, he had a lot to say about Sebastian Vettel. He told the Scot, “Sebastian’s debriefs would take about two hours, we’d be half-an-hour in and he’s just completed the formation lap and tested his drinks bottle.”
“The detail he used to go into in recounting every stage of the race, every stage of the tyre, it was way too much information for us to be even able to digest but it was a useful exercise for him to go through, recounting what could have been done better.”