Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin: The current Ferrari driver, tipped to race for Aston Martin in 2021, was seen leaving the Silverstone circuit with Otmar Szafnauer.
According to reports from Germany, Sebastian Vettel is set to replace Sergio Perez at Aston Martin for the 2021 season. This after suggestions that Aston Martin have activated Perez’s special exit clause which had a deadline of 31st August.
Strengthening this claim was Sky’s F1 reporter Ted Kravitz, who says it is only a matter of time before the deal is announced. He also claims the announcement has been delayed by Perez’s covid-19 infection, and once he recovers, the switch will be confirmed to the world.
Sebastian Vettel seen entering Otmar’s car
If this was not enough, Vettel has created a flutter by getting into Otmar Szafnauer’s car after the British Grand Prix. As per Formula 1 photographer Mark Sutton, he did not carry a camera with him at that moment but he witnessed this happening. He went on to share this in a video on Twitter, as seen below:
So Mark Sutton (F1 photographer) noticed after he was leaving the race track yesterday, that Seb got into Otmar Szafnauer’s Ferrari (passenger seat) 👀
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) August 3, 2020
This is what Mark Sutton had to say in the aforementioned video. “Vettel got into Otmar’s car in the co-driver’s seat. I wish I had my camera at hand, because that would have been a fantastic shot and a good story. I saw it happen, but I have no idea where they went. Maybe to Otmar’s house in Oxford, maybe the Racing Point factory. I went past the factory to see if the car was there, but it wasn’t there.”
Sebastian coy on rumors; Otmar not ruling anything out
Sebastian Vettel spoke about his impending move to Aston Martin to his home German media, and was expectedly coy. He also reaffirmed that he will not stay in F1 just for money, but to race for a competitive car, and wins races, and a potential fifth world championship.
“Nothing has been decided yet.”
“But I’m not going to stay just to say I’m a Formula 1 driver. If it was for money, I would have signed a contract long ago.”
Otmar Szafnauer was asked about the parking lot incident by Salzburger Nachrichten. And like Vettel, he was at his diplomatic best.
“I don’t rule anything out.”