Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has reportedly been offered a three-year contract worth around $138.5m as the Maranello team attempt to convince the four-time Formula One world champion to continue with Ferrari the following seasons.
Sebastian Vettel’s current contract with the Italian side is available only until the end of the 2017 Formula 1 championship, a situation which has led to speculation that the German driver may decide to join rivals Mercedes for next season. However, according to recent reports from Autoweek, Sebastian has a new bumper contract on the table and Scuderia Ferrari is waiting for his decision, as the Maranello team hopes for a positive answer.
The German has not been too forthcoming about his future when asked in the paddock, but is said to want team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, to stay alongside him should Sebastian decide to stay with Scuderia Ferrari. His future is also key to drivers’ market for the next Formula One seasons, given the fact that top class drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen having a year-and-a-half left on their respective Mercedes and Red Bull deals, while Fernando Alonso is another major target for the top F1 teams as he plans his McLaren-Honda exit after several disappointing seasons.
Once Sebastian Vettel’s future is resolved, the rest of the puzzle will start to fall into place for 2018 and beyond, in the hope that Seb will continue with Scuderia Ferrari for many years to come.