AlphaTauri principal Franz Tost says Sebastian Vettel wants to and can add more World Championships to his name.
The four-time World Champion has announced that he and Ferrari will part ways at the end of 2020, and his future for 2021 and beyond remains unclear.
Vettel came close to winning the title in Ferrari colours back in 2017, but has not been able so far to seal the deal.
Tost was there when Vettel won his and AlphaTauri’s first race at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, and he feels in a top-three team that Vettel can add to his four titles.
“The end of something always means the start of something,” Tost told Formula1.com.
“It really depends on what seat he gets. To fight for a championship, Sebastian Vettel is a driver of the calibre who can do this.
“He needs to get a seat in the first three teams. Then he has a real chance to win races and another championship. I know Sebastian quite well, and that is for sure his main target.
“He is not a driver who just wants to be on the starting grid. If we’re doing a race now, he wants to win a race. It depends how the ingredients he will get together to achieve the goal.
“From the financial side, I don’t think he needs to continue racing, but drivers who have won championships, they don’t think so much of the money. Their motivation is to win races, to be successful. That’s the motivation, not the money.
“He’s only 32 years old, he’s a very high-skilled driver, and if he gets the correct package, if he’s sitting in a Ferrari, Red Bull or Mercedes, he’s still able to win races, and I’m also quite sure he can win another championship – it depends on which team he can drive for.”
Red Bull have already ruled out a return for Vettel, so it appears Mercedes are his last option in the top three.