In the context of the current health crisis, it is whispered that the top Formula 1 drivers will be asked to quickly decide on their future, so as not to weaken the very small transfer market that should take place between 2020 and 2021.
At Mercedes, as is the case at Ferrari, teams are asking for clarity on the intentions and salary claims of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Asked about his future, the German driver admitted that he should certainly make up his mind before the first Grand Prix of the season, scheduled for late June or early July. So without knowing what the Ferrari SF1000 is really worth.
“I don’t think there’s a real deadline to decide. But as far as I’m concerned, it all depends on when we have the first race. There is a great chance of having a decision before that first race. Because at the moment it looks like we won’t be racing until the end of June or even July.
“We’re all waiting.” says Vettel on a video interview released by Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper.
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“But the priority isn’t the contract, it’s to make sure we all manage the situation as best we can. That’s what’s been done and everything has been put on hold. I imagine that’s the case for the other drivers.”
“And you also have to look at the health of the employees, of Ferrari and the crisis that’s coming. Italy has been hit hard. All this is having an impact.”
But does he have any idea what he wants in terms of a new agreement? One year, several years? Ferrari has always claimed that they would wait for the results of the first races by deciding by May whether to continue with him next to Leclerc, their clear first choice in the matter.
“Whatever the deal is, the team and I have to be comfortable with it. So I don’t know how long it will last. In the past, I used to sign for three years.
“I know I’m one of the most experienced on the grid but I’m not the oldest and I don’t think there’s an age limit. So it’s all going to depend on what makes me and Ferrari comfortable.” says Vettel who then mentions the minimum term he’d wish to work on,
“I am not even 32 years old. But to go on for a long time you need to be convinced by a two-year deal, so it will also depend on the choices of the team”
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