Sebastian Vettel has admitted a potential move to Aston Martin for 2021 “sounds exciting” – but is wary of being tempted by the flavour of the month.
The four-time former World Champion is on the lookout for an F1 drive after being dropped by Ferrari for next year and so Aston Martin, who are taking over the branding of the Racing Point team, currently look his best option – despite having two drivers contracted.
But if the German is to unseat team owner’s son Lance Stroll or, more likely, Sergio Perez, he will need to be sure, from his own perspective, that Aston Martin will be challenging for race victories – and that mixing it near the front with Mercedes and Red Bull, as they are now, is not just a flash in the pan.
“It sounds exciting from the outside,” said Vettel in an interview with Martin Brundle on Sky Sports, as reported by The Race.
“I’m not part of that team and I don’t know the inside, the exact plans and so on.
“F1 moves so fast, the world moves so fast these days. People have opinions quick, they change opinions quickly.
“At the moment you look and it looks probably great. But you know, I’ve been around for such a long time that you try to look beyond that in terms of seeing what might form up and what might not form up along the grid.”
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With the doors seemingly closed at Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren for 2021, Aston Martin looks to be Vettel’s only real chance of securing a competitive drive – and he would not want to become a perennial backmarker.
Asked if he has the motivation to make a move like his former Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who switched to Sauber-run Alfa Romeo, Vettel said: “I’ve achieved a lot and I’m willing to achieve more.
“If you sign for a team that is really out of range, then probably that answers your question.
“I want to win, so I know, and I think we all know, that at the moment you need to be in a certain car to be able to win.
“That’s probably not on the cards and then obviously I have to evaluate whether there’s anything that comes close to that.”