Aston Martin expect to make an announcement “soon” regarding Sebastian Vettel’s future as they are now in the time window to hold those talks.
Vettel joined Aston Martin at the start of this year’s championship but while it was thought to be a multi-year deal, it was in fact a one-year contract with the team having an option on him for 2022.
The four-time former World Champion has made it known he is keen to continue with the team with whom he bagged a podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“I really enjoy working with the team,” he recently stated.
“I think the atmosphere is great and I do believe the future of this team is very bright.”
Good news for the German and his fans is that Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer has finally begun negotiating with Vettel for next season.
“We want Sebastian to stay, he likes the team,” Motorsportweek.com quotes Szafnauer as having said.
“We are in a time window now when we have to discuss and get the details right for next year. That time window isn’t massive, but soon we will know.
“Soon – we are in a very short timeframe – we’ll make an announcement.
“Like I said, we like Seb, Seb likes us.”
Earlier this month, Szafnauer had spoken with the official F1 website about Vettel’s Aston Martin deal, revealing it is a “a one-plus-one contract”, one that sets out dates at which time both parties have to agree to continue for another season or call it quits.
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“There are certain dates within the contract we have to decide by,” Szafnauer explained. “Those dates haven’t come and gone yet, so it’s just normal process.
“It’s nothing complicated and it’s not conditional upon anything. It’s a time window when the two of us discuss the future.”
As for Lance Stroll, the Canadian, whose father Lawrence owns the team, can expect to remain with Aston Martin for 2022.
“He’s driven really well,” Szafnauer said. “He’s had some bad luck, some tyre failures, some crashing at the start. But his driving has impressed me.
“He just needs a little bit of luck to score more points.”
Stroll has 18 points to Vettel’s 35.