Sebastian Vettel to Racing Point could be a reality next season, with Szafnauer confirming that they could be interested in the F1 legend.
The Sebastian Vettel transfer saga has rumbled on for some time now, with no end in sight. It all started after Ferrari decided to release the four-time world champion, and replace him with Carlos Sainz.
Since then, a horde of teams have been linked with the German.
Renault pulled put of the race yesterday, after they got in their legendary former driver Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard will partner Esteban Ocon for the 2021 season.
Ferrari’s main rivals Red Bull and Mercedes are out of the picture too. The latter’s parent Dialmer have confirmed that they will continue with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Do Red Bull want Sebastian Vettel?
As for Vettel making a sensational return to Red Bull, where he won four world titles, Team Boss Christian Horner had this to say.
”We have Max Verstappen and Alex Albon doing great and we don’t expect to be able to offer a place to Vettel”.
Racing Point was not considered to be in the race too, with Sergio Perez performing well, and main investor Lawrence Stroll’s son Lance as the other driver. This was confirmed by Racing Point Team Principal in May.
Mercedes look very strong. So too Racing Point. Is it THAT inconceivable to see Sebastian Vettel driving for that team in 2021? What do you think? A shame that one of their seats is permanently taken.
— Ben Hunt (@benjhunt) July 3, 2020
“It’s an interesting idea, but we prefer to go for the best drivers we already have,” Otmar Szafnauer had told Radio Canada.
“And if we give them the best car, they too can win races and possibly become World Champions. Our two drivers get along well and they are bound by contract for 2020 and 2021.”
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The stance seems to have dramatically changed after the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
“It’s flattering to have people make those kind of rumours around a four-time world champion and I think it was rumoured that Alonso was also interested as well,” Szafnauer told Sky Germany.
“It is flattering but right now what we’re focused on is racing well, having a good season and what we do next year there’s still time to decide.
“I’ve been friends with Sebastian since he was young so I’m always talking to him.
“We still have time to decide.”