We’re nearly at the halfway mark of the 2020 F1 season, and Sebastian Vettel is yet to announce his future plans. The 4-time World Champion hasn’t provided any significant updates ever since his big announcement of leaving Ferrari in 2021. However, Vettel revealed that he wasn’t actively pursuing other interests outside F1.
“For now, I am focused on Formula 1,” Vettel said. “And like I’ve said before, I’ve not checked alternatives in this regard.”
Vettel hasn’t ruled out the possibility of taking up a role outside of driving within an F1 team either. Given Vettel’s keen eye towards detail and competence in forming strategies, he could be the ideal Team Principal.
“I heard that Formula 1 teams can be quite expensive, so I think I need to be smart on that,” said Vettel. “I don’t know, I don’t think I can give you an exact answer. It depends on the exact position and on the challenge.
“Obviously I have a great passion and a great knowledge of the sport, so time will tell.”
Initially, rumors suggested a deal with Racing Point (soon to be Aston Martin) was complete. Furthermore, there were reports of an announcement and confirmation of Vettel’s contract with Aston Martin during the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix. As we now know, those rumors turned out to be – well, rumors!
Sergio Perez, whom Vettel was allegedly set to replace, remains confident of staying with the team next season. The Mexican is contracted to Racing Point until the end of 2022.
The 4-time World Champion asserted that he was leaning towards a team with a competitive package. With the upcoming regulation changes and budget cap, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a midfield team join the fight at the top.
“I don’t have much interest to sign up for a team that is not going to be in a position to fight for something worth fighting for, [and] is going in a good direction in the future,” Vettel said.
“I think the big unknown as well is the rules for ’22. Obviously a lot of teams are hoping that it would change a lot of things.”
Judging by Vettel’s remarks, his only option is Aston Martin. But with Perez unperturbed about his future, where does the former World Champion go?