Speaking to Red Bull Media-owned ServusTV, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that he is yet to make a decision on his future after he leaves the Scuderia at the end of 2020.
Ferrari’s quadruple world champion was invited by the Spielberg Spezial of the Sport&Talk programme that is broadcast on Red Bull’s Servus TV. The Ferrari driver was released by Team Principal Mattia Binotto, but he had to wear a Ferrari T-shirt o his appearance.
Ferrari has caused a stir when it announced the departure of Sebastian Vettel at the beginning of May. Although the signs from winter and pre-season testing indicated that both parties wanted to continue their relationship, the Maranello-based outfit wanted to bring their partnership to an end when the current season concludes.
The Heppenheim-born driver will leave Ferrari after six years. The German has won 14 races, scored 12 pole positions and set 14 fastest race laps for the Scuderia.
Speaking to ServusTV, Vettel has revealed that he is yet to commit himself to a new project. He said:”To be honest, I have not made a decision yet. I personally don’t know [what to do]. It is important to find an atmosphere where everything fits together.”
„I have enjoyed the last five years in many aspects, but I think the last five years have required lots of dedication. and power. The aim was to build up the team, I think we both gave our very best, but we failed to succeeed as we did not manage to secure a title that has been our big goal.”
The quadruple world champions reiterated once again that money does not play an important role in his decision, he wants to find a new challenge that motivates him again.
„It is for me a new situation. It will be important for me to find something new that makes me happy. I have already said that the financial side of the business does not matter for me. I am still very hungry and dedicated, motorsport has been my life. I think I would feel myself comfortable with the right task in the right Formula One car.”
„The next weeks or months will answer the question what it possible and what I want to do.”
Vettel has confessed that he called former F1 driver, dr Helmut Marko who is responsible for Red Bull Racing’s junior driver programme. „I called him directly following the decision, but not to ask him whether he has a seat for me, but to speak to him as I get on very well with him. We have trusted each other for long years. I wanted to receive an advice from he. He is known for being very honest and straightforward.”
Formula One’s current dominant outfit Mercedes is yet to make a decision on its driver line-up for 2021. While Lewis Hamilton is believed to stay with the team, Valtteri Bottas’s seat is hanging in the balance. Asked whether he has information on the current situation at the Anglo-German team, Vettel said: „A little bit, yes."
„I think the team is very happy with how it operates in its current set-up. I can accept that they want to retain their current structure based on their result from the last years. They have not made a decision yet, both seats are theoretically free, but I guess Lewis can continue if he wants and the same applies to Valtteri after a race such as the one at last weekend,” he concluded.