Sebastian Vettel has to be the most tempting target for looters on the drivers’ market, after Fernando Alonso secured a multi-year deal with Renault last week. The German currently finds himself on the lookout for further opportunities after his Ferrari stint and rumours linking him to Aston Martin are intensifying ahead of the Hungarian GP.
Vettel himself confirmed loose talks have taken place with Racing Point, soon to be rebranded Aston Martin for the 2021 season onwards. The Ferrari driver added that there is no urge to close a deal from his side, ruling out the possibility of issuing an announcement as early as by the end of the month.
“Well, at this stage, I think it's talks. I said last week that obviously I've been in talks with Renault for example, so I think it's also just talks” said Vettel.
"I think at a later stage with anyone, I think then it would get a bit more concrete. But at this stage the truth is that there is nothing to announce and nothing more concrete than just loose talks."
"It will probably take some time, most importantly for myself to make the decision, the right decision for myself".
Racing Point locked Perez down until 2022 on a three-year deal, setting their intention to rely on the Mexican driver for the coming years. While major doubts cloud Lance Stroll’s future moves, Sebastian Vettel stated that all scenarios regarding his career are now open.
"Anything at this stage is still open. I don't know, driving next year, not driving next year, maybe coming back, or not driving any more. Or, I don't know, doing something different. So I'm not pressured or feeling pressure to make my decision to continue."
Asked about Aston Martin being the only competitive option for his future, Vettel answered: “Obviously things can always change and, I think, irrespective of that, I need to make the decision myself and then obviously see whether there's something suitable in that direction."