Sebastian Vettel’s two-year deal with Aston Martin expires at the end of the season and he is yet to announce his plans for the future.
Last time out in Montreal Team Principal Mike Krack, however, made it clear that if he wants to stay the team is set on keeping him in Silverstone for quite a bit of time.
“If he wants to drive or not it’s his decision, that is very clear,” he said in a session with media including MotorLat.
“We were always clear that if he wants to continue, we would like him to stay for long.”
“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.”
Covid and the poor performance of the AMR22 made up for a slow start of the season for Vettel, but Aston has been working on improving the single-seater through significant update packages.
The first one made its debut at last month’s Spanish Grand Prix and marked a big step forward for the team. Since then Vettel finished in the points in the following two races in Monaco and Baku and showed good pace in Canada as well, was it not for Aston’s mistake with tyre pressure that had him eliminated in Q1 and bad luck with the strategy during the race.
This weekend it’s home race for Aston Martin and time to introduce other upgrades. Upgrades that – in the hopes of Krack – could make Vettel keener on continuing his journey in F1 with the team.
“For us, we have always said that we want to show him that we can improve the car, and I think Barcelona was the first step,” he stated.
“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.”
“You should not talk about feelings, you can get disappointed,” he joked when asked whether he has a gut feeling regarding Vettel’s decision.
“No, we analysed what we have done here, we work hard for Silverstone, and then we see where we are, and then we talk.”