McLaren insiders say they want Vettel

As his contract with Ferrari comes to an end at the end of the 2020 season, Sebastian Vettel may well be heading over to McLaren, where he knows Andreas Seidl, the British team’s boss.

TJ13 has published a few articles on this possibility since December 2019, but more and more rumour is ramping up the chances of such a move. If anything, the huge delay to the 2020 season would be a catalyst for something behind closed doors to be agreed upon. With fewer races available to prove worth, and team decisions about 2021 driver lineups compressed toward the end of the year, Vettel might well decide to move before being pushed.


The start of the Formula One season has been postponed by several weeks, but that doesn’t stop rumours about the future of the drivers. With the exception of Esteban Ocon (Renault), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull), no other drivers are committed to 2021.

As a result, the future of a number of paddock names will be talked about, such as Lewis Hamilton, who has a good chance of staying with Mercedes, and above all Sebastian Vettel. The four-time World Champion will see his contract with Ferrari come to an end in 2020. And while the Scuderia has already secured Charles Leclerc, the German seems more than ever to be on the verge of departure.


Several teams could be in place to pick up Sebastian Vettel but one is most likely. This will not be the case for Renault, as Cyril Abiteboul explained recently, while Christian Horner also assured that the German driver belongs to Red Bull’s past, and Max is their future.

On the other hand, McLaren, which will be powered by Mercedes from 2021, could represent a great opportunity.

“Seidl knows Vettel well, they knew each other back in the days of BMW Sauber. If Sebastian owes it to someone, he will certainly think of Andreas. And that would be a fantastic PR opportunity for McLaren-Mercedes,” reveals a source close to the British team.

A major boost for Sebastian Vettel, who would therefore be reunited with Andreas Seidl, and which makes sense since the contracts of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, the two current McLaren drivers, come to an end at the end of the season.


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3 responses to “McLaren insiders say they want Vettel

  1. You just proved that your reporting should be taken with a truckload of salt and shouldn’t be taken seriously. You claim both McLaren drivers contracts are up at the end of 2020, whereas Lando Norris signed a long term contract extension last year, three years to be precise. Only Carlos is unsigned from 2021

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