Sebastian Vettel admits he has made a decision about his future – but that nothing will be revealed for “a few more weeks”.
The four-time former World Champion was told by Ferrari in May that the team were releasing him at the end of this season and ever since then, speculation has been rife about his next move.
Much the strongest link has been a switch to Racing Point, who will be rebranded as Aston Martin for 2021, with reports suggesting a deal is already in place for the German to replace Sergio Perez.
Vettel has consistently denied anything has been agreed, insisting all options remain open – including retirement.
But in an interview with RTL after FP2 for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, which was red-flagged and ended prematurely when Vettel’s Ferrari engine failed, the 33-year-old indicated he knew what his medium-term future would be.
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“In a way, I’ve made my decision. Now it will show whether something sensible will come together or not,” said Vettel.
“It will take a few more weeks, nothing will change today. I don’t see why I have to be put under pressure.
“If the right project comes around the corner, I believe I still have a lot to give. If that is not the case, I am not interested in just continuing just to be there. What is on the pay cheque is less important.”
It has been a poor start to his last Ferrari season for Vettel, who has collected only 10 points from the first four races of the campaign – leaving him down in a lowly 13th position in the Drivers’ World Championship standings.
The engine problem at the end of FP2 was another blow as oil was seen leaking from the back of the stricken Ferrari after Vettel had reported over the team radio: “Okay, big failure at the back of the car”.
He did not hold out huge hope for things to improve significantly over the course of the weekend, saying: “Overall we were a bit more satisfied but not really more competitive.
“We can still try to improve the car but maybe those are small things. The car felt a bit better but we are not really faster. But at least the car feels better.”