Recently, speaking to the media, the principal of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the team monitors the situation with Vettel, but does not rush to a decision with both positive and negative, as according to Wolff, 'the team owe it to the four-time world champion not to come out and say straight away 'no''.
However, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who in theory the team could replace with Sebastian, said that his place in the team does not depend on Vettel.
"I got really a pretty straight message that no, they’re not considering Seb, so I said fine, no worries," Bottas told Sky Sports F1.
"We’ve been very honest also with my team all the time, what’s the situation, how it’s going to be contract-wise."
"It’s the same as every year for me," Bottas added, discussing the status of his contract.
"I’ve always had – okay, maybe I’ve had multi-year contracts but always with options, so it’s no different in any way than any other season for me, so there’s always talks and the situation has been the same for me."