Formula 1: How long does Aston Martin want to stick with Sebastian Vettel?
- Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin contract ends in 2022
- He is 14th on the driver's chart with 13 points
- Vettel will be in action when the drivers race in Silverstone next week
Sebastian Vettel, four-time world champion, joined Aston Martin after a not-so-successful six-season stint with Ferrari. The 34-year-old won 14 races with the 16-time constructor champions. However, his partnership ended on a sour note, with the outfit announcing his exit at the end of the 2020 season, before it even began.
Seb then shifted to Aston Martin, a team formed after the rebranding of a bankrupt Racing Point. In two years with the British outfit, Vettel has secured a second-place finish - in the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His podium in Hungary, same year, was denied as the car failed to provide the one litre sample of fuel required.
This year Sebastian Vettel, after missing the first two Grand Prix, has managed to score 13 points. He is 14th on the driver's chart. The 34-year-old's one-year contract with Aston Martin will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2022 season. However, it is not clear where the F1 legend goes.
Mike Krack, the team principal of Aston Martin, said that the team would like to tempt Vettel to sign up for a long-term deal. Krack and the driver worked together at BMW-Sauber in 2006.
“We were always clear that if he wants to continue, we would like him to stay for long, yes. We are talking. We have a very, very good relationship, and it is not that we have to set each other deadlines. Obviously at one point, if we drag that too long, we will also be running into trouble, and he’s aware of that. But they are very trustworthy discussions that we are having. From that point of view, it’s all good," Krack told media in Canada, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
Vettel, after Aston Martin's concept change at the Spanish Grand Prix, managed to finish sixth in Baku. He promised pace in Canada but failed in qualifying.
“For us, we have always said that we want to improve the car, and I think Barcelona was the first step. I would like to show him another step, and then we can talk, maybe then I can, his desire to do it is a bit better," Krack added.
When asked about his future, Seb admitted that he doesn't know what he wants.
“After so many years, the usual stuff comes up that you don’t understand at the beginning, like the travel,” he told the Press Association. It is very time-consuming and I have kids at home and a family, so it equals time away from them."