Sebastian Vettel has said the 2021 regulation changes will determine his future in Formula 1 amid continued speculation about a potential retirement date.
Vettel’s rather miserable season continued at the British Grand Prix where a mistake in wheel-to-wheel combat with Max Verstappen saw the four-time World Champion finish a lap down in P16.
The latest high-profile error prompted more talk about whether Vettel is finished in Formula 1 or whether he still can rediscover his glory days.
But Vettel is remaining focused on the bigger picture in Formula 1 when it does come to making a decision about his future.
“I need to still look at it in a way that I say the cars are exciting, the format is exciting, the formula is exciting,” Vettel said via RaceFans.net.
“Time is ticking, obviously.
“I think it’s good that we’ve been asked. I think we gave our opinion and we will give our opinion again and hopefully we find the sport taking the right turns to grow, to allow us to race, to allow us to challenge ourselves and explore our skills.
At high speed, [the current cars] are top of the class. Low speed, I wouldn’t say bottom of the class, but they’re just too heavy, that’s something I don’t like.
“I think a Formula 1 car that I got to know at first was very exciting throughout the speed ranges. And the race turned out to be a sprint race which was great because you could push yourself and the car and the tyres every lap.
“That has changed a bit. We are managing: Some races more, some races less. And I think generally, or very simply, you enjoy the races that you don’t have to manage, you can go flat out.
“Some management I think will always be there, and rightly so because you need to also use your head not just your feet and hands, but still I think the one rewarded most should be the fastest guy.”