Sebastian Vettel has reiterated that he won’t just join a new Formula 1 team to make up the numbers, he wants to “win races”.
The German is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of this season with the Scuderia having informed him that they won’t be renewing.
Instead the team has signed Carlos Sainz as Charles Leclerc’s 2021 team-mate leaving Vettel to look around the grid for a new home.
The four-time World Champion is being linked to a move to Racing Point, which will be rebranded Aston Martin next season, with reports claiming the deal could be wrapped up at the next race weekend at Spa.
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Vettel has been offered a contract with an annual salary of $15m and the four-time World Champion is expected to sign it at the end of the August at the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
The 33-year-old is keeping his cards close to his chest.
Speaking to former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher in an interview for Sky Germany, Vettel was asked about his plans for next season.
“At the moment there is nothing new, it could still take a while,” he said.
“You don’t have to be a genius nor a rumour specialist to know that there are not so many free seats left.
Vettel on his future: "At the moment there is nothing new, it could still take a while and you don't have to be a genius nor a rumor specialist to know that there are not so many free seats left."#SkyGermany pic.twitter.com/aMV3ChES21
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“I’ve been around for so long and at some point you’ve seen everything. A lot of good and some things that were not so good.
“I think that at least when you dedicate yourself to a new task, you should have the impression that it is something decent.
“If this is not the case, I am not the one who only drives in Formula 1, only to claim that I am a Formula 1 driver. That was never the goal.
“I’m here to race, to win races.
“I think we all have ambitions. That’s still what drives me the most.”
As such the German insists he will only join a team, whether that be Force India, Racing Point or Aston Martin, if he believes the team can be competitive.
“Decisive for me and this is also the main criteria, is that I am fully convinced that it is a decent package.” he said.
“That means that it is a decent car, with which you can also drive in front, that it is a team that is willing to move forward, and that you have fun with.”
As for rumours that Vettel may not see out the 2020 season with Ferrari as tension seems to be growing between the driver and the pit wall, Vettel denied this.
Schumacher: “There are always rumours about if you will finish the season or not, e.g. the Prost story, where Ferrari got rid of him after he called the car a truck although he meant the power steering…”
Vettel: “So far we haven’t had any problems with the power steering so…”
He added: “Everything is still good.”