Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes could be a possibility next season, as confirmed by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. Who would he replace at Mercedes?
Sebastian Vettel dropped a bomb on the F1 world yesterday, when he confirmed that Ferrari hadn’t offered him a contract for the next F1 season.
All the talk around the grid earlier was about how Ferrari still saw Sebastian Vettel as a long term prospect. But all that as changed now.
No offer on the table for Sebastian Vettel
However, things did not pan out as expected, with Binotto letting Vettel know that his services were no longer needed.
“No offer was on the table.” Vettel confirmed, as quoted by Motorsport.com
“Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have jointly decided…” was the official line in May.
Today a quite different view: Vettel reveals Mattia called him and told him Ferrari had no intention to continue with him. No offer was on the table. https://t.co/rvvcv8klMd
— Parc Fermé (@PFF1) July 2, 2020
“There was no sticking point. It was obviously a surprise to me when I got the call from Mattia when he told me that there was no further intention from the team to continue.
“We never got into any discussions, there was never an offer on the table and therefore, there was no sticking point,” he added.
Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes?
Toto Wolff has once again weighed in on Vettel’s future and if the 4 time F1 world champion could be a part of Mercedes in the seasons to come.
When Vettel’s departure from Ferrari was announced, there were murmurs of maybe Mercedes bringing him to team up with Lewis Hamilton.
And while those rumors have died down a little, after Sebastian Vettel’s confession last night, ‘Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes’ rumors are once again on the rise.
When asked in Austria, if Vettel could indeed be on Mercedes’ radar, Wolff said that he wouldn’t rule out a move for Vettel just yet. However, he also confirmed that Mercedes’ number 1 priority would be keeping both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
“He’s a great guy and we mustn’t not consider him, but our priority is Lewis and Valtteri and we very much hope to extend their contracts.” Wolff said, as quoted by 5 livesport.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff on @5liveSport just now. Repeats the line on Vettel: “He’s a great guy and we mustn’t not consider him, but our priority is Lewis and Valtteri and we very much hope to extend their contracts.” 1/
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) July 3, 2020
With Lewis Hamilton demanding a £40 million contract and Valtteri Bottas’ performance always being under the scanner, Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes could very well be a possibility.