After a busy F1 week that has seen the announcements of drivers such as George Russell pairing with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas signing a multi-year deal with Alfa Romeo, and Alexander Albon returning to F1 with Williams after leaving the category for one year following his departure from Red Bull, the grid is starting to take form for the 2022 season that will mark the regulation changes on the competition.
Aston Martin, together with Haas and one Alfa Romeo driver are the F1 lineups yet to be confirmed for next year. On media day ahead of the Italian GP at Monza, Sebastian Vettel was questioned if whether he had something to announce regarding his future plans, as no word has been spoken on the British team side, regarding the confirmation of its drivers.
"I'm talking to the team obviously, and I think we'll have an answer very soon, but at this point, no news."
Vettel stated he has "never really talked much about contracts", and so on this time "can't give much more insight" as to what’s happening behind closed doors.
Otmar Szafnauer, Aston Martin’s Team Principal said, on the week of the Dutch GP, how Sebastian Vettel's contract works, as it is that, when the German was announced a year ago, it was stated that he would be driving for Aston Martin from 2021, and beyond.
"It’s a one plus one contract. And there’s certain dates within the contract that we have to decide by. Those dates haven’t come and gone yet, so it’s just normal process."
"It's a time window when the two of us discuss the future. There's a window and a deadline, and that's not far off. We like Sebastian, he likes us, and now it’s time to talk about what we’re going to do next year."
During the 2021 season that is the first since the rebrand of the team that once was Racing Point, Vettel has achieved the first-ever podium finish for the team, the best starting position, and has scored 35 out of the 53 points that positions Aston Martin P8 on the constructors’ championship.
"As I said, we are talking to each other."
"I really enjoy working with the team. I think the atmosphere is great, and I do believe the future of this team is very, very bright.” Vettel added.
"So yeah. I'm not worried. And I feel that we will have an answer soon."
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