Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he is in talks with Ferrari about taking a pay cut, but the outcome will remain private.
Vettel, who is believed to be the second highest-paid Formula 1 driver behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, is keen to help the team from a financial perspective whilst there is no racing on the agenda.
But, there will be no official announcement from him or the team when a pay cut percentage is agreed, as he does not want to “polish his image” when there are clearly bigger problems in the world.
“It is definitely something I am talking about with the team,” Vettel in a video conference.
“As I said earlier, we don’t know yet how the season will look and when it will start and how many races we will have etc.
“I’ve always kept whatever decisions I made on this front between the team and myself and it will be the same this time.
“I’m not keen to use this point at this time as an image polish or anything like that. What I’ve decided to do in the past it has been quiet and it will be the same now.”
Vettel was also asked how he is spending the time during lockdown and it can be clearly be categorised into two areas: family and fitness.
“A lot of my time is spent training,” Vettel revealed.
“It’s similar to a winter programme. The nicer thing right now is that you can go outside for a lot of the stuff because it’s getting a bit warmer, jumping on the bike etc. That will help me physically and mentally to stay sharp.
“The kids are [also] definitely occupying me.
“Two of them are in kindergarden so we get some stuff sent over but also we’re quite happy to keep the kids entertained and figure out some stuff.
“There’s been lots of variety, both German-speaking, English-speaking, in terms of offers to do stuff with the kids like courses and stuff online which help.
“But in general, we’re definitely not getting bored and not running out of ideas. They keep us busy!
“I enjoy it a lot, the time I have with them [the kids], but I miss it a lot being in the car
“That sensation of driving, there’s nothing really that can replace that, so that’s what we’re waiting for.
“It gives a chance to reflect and it’s quite intimate time with family as well. Obviously the circumstances that led to it are not nice at all but we’re trying to make the best out of it.”