Renault may be Sebastian Vettel’s only option for 2021 but Martin Brundle concedes it is not an easy decision given the works team’s situation.
After months and months of speculation, Vettel and Ferrari announced last week that 2020 would be their final year together.
Confirming the news, Vettel said that he and Ferrari no longer had a “common desire to stay together” beyond the end of this season.
48 hours later Ferrari revealed that Carlos Sainz would replace the German as Charles Leclerc’s 2021 team-mate.
As for McLaren, the Woking team signed Daniel Ricciardo to replace Sainz with Renault now the team with an open seat for next year.
For every report linking Vettel to the race seat, another claims it will be going to Fernando Alonso.
Both drivers are said to have reservations.
Brundle says he understands why.
Next season Renault will only have its works team on its list for engines with McLaren returning to Mercedes power.
That could hinder the team’s progress as it means fewer cars to test new parts.
Renault has also not lived up to its billing in recent years with the team’s best result in 2019 a P4 at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Enstone outfit finished behind McLaren in the Constructors’ Championship.
Former driver turned commentator Brundle says that will be a concern for Vettel.
“I do know Sebastian was talking to at least one team, so clearly retirement is not absolutely on his mind,” Brundle told Sky F1.
“He’s got to have a chance at Renault if he wants, that’s a works team.
“But you’d worry going into the future.
“Renault will be lone rangers, they’ll be the only people using Renault engines as of 2021.”
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