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Vettel rejects €120 million at Ferrari in favour of 1 year deal
Contract talks between Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel for 2018 may be complicated by the German driver’s insistence on a simple-one-year extension.
Finland’s Ilta Sanomat newspaper now cites sources saying Ferrari and Vettel may in fact not be in agreement over the duration of a new deal, with the German pushing for a mere one-year contract in order to leave his options open for 2019.
Future options for Vettel could include a deal with Mercedes for 2019, with pundits believing that Lewis Hamilton could retire at the end of next season when his Silver Arrows contract ends.
Stewart: Halo criticism akin to 1960s F1 safety backlash
Sir Jackie Stewart says the current outrage surrounding the planned introduction of the Halo to Formula 1 reminds him of the backlash against his own F1 safety push half a century ago.
The triple world champion led a safety campaign in grand prix racing in the 1960s that was not popular with many fans and observers at the time.
And Stewart feels that people these days would not be so swift to condemn the Halo if they considered the toll of death in motorsport.
Lowe: “very disappointed” with its performances in the first half of 2017
Heading into the 2017 season, Williams headed into the championship aiming to reclaim fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship after losing the position to Force India in a closely contested fight in 2016. This season however, the story remains the same, and the Grove-based team lie in fifth place in the standings while Force India is once again ahead.
Hamilton: Ferrari not as wasteful as Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton has stated that Mercedes have given up more points than Ferrari this season – a trait that needs to stop after the summer break.
Hamilton has been on the end of some poor results so far this campaign which have balanced out dominant performances at the likes of Canada and Silverstone.
And while both Ferrari cars suffered sudden tyre problems at the latter venue to throw away some valuable points, those incidents have been few and far between compared to their title rivals.
“We’ve given up a lot of points to this point today,” Hamilton said in Hungary. “I think Ferrari have given up a lot less as a team. But we just hope that we don’t give up any more points moving forwards.”