Reportedly considering a one-year offer from Ferrari for 2021, Sebastian Vettel says his decision won’t be driven by money as he could go racing “something else”.
Vettel is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of this year with speculation in the paddock that it could be his last season in F1.
However, with next year’s rules a repeat of this year’s, and the 2020 season yet to get underway, Ferrari has reportedly offered him a new deal.
According to Sky Italia, the new contract is just for one season, 2021, and it comes with a hefty pay cut to Vettel’s current £35m.
The four-time World Champion is in on hurry to make a decision, revealing he has already begun to consider what he could do after Formula 1.
“If I’m realistic, I’m not going to be here in ten years,” he told Motorsport.com. “So I think this is something you naturally start to think about.
“I think I’m in a very fortunate position that I can probably try and do a lot of things, once I have decided to stop racing in F1.
“Maybe race something else, maybe do something different in motorsport or do something completely different outside.
“I have some ideas, but I haven’t decided. I’m quite relaxed.”
The German reiterated that his decision to stay in Formula 1, or walk away, won’t be determined by money.
“It depends what’s important to you, what drives you,” Vettel said. “And that’s fair.
“If money is your motivator then it can drive you very far, and make you very successful.
“There’s a lot of sportsmen, businessmen that thrive for money. I think the question really is whether people have a sense of enough. That’s not just valid for Formula 1.
“We are putting our life in a way also on the line, then you need to show some appreciation for that.
“Our careers also are shorter than some other careers.
“I think the really important thing is that you are happy, that’s the key.
“Obviously, F1 is a bit of a circus and spoiled circus because they have a lot of money involved and money tends to spoil people. I think on average that’s true.
“But the question is, like I said, if you have a sense of enough.”