Scuderia Ferrari German driver and Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel says deciding where he will be driving next season can wait until later in the year. Sebastian’s contract with the Maranello team is available only until the end of the 2017 Formula 1 championship, which has led to speculations regarding the fact that the four-time world champion is taking into consideration the possibility of moving to Mercedes in 2018, with the world champions stalling on whether to extend Valtteri Bottas’ one-year deal.
Both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are out of a contract at the end of this season, which is Ferrari’s first legitimate chance at winning either championship since 2012. Speaking at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix press conference on Thursday, the four-time world champion was reluctant to speculate too much on the future.
“It is true that I haven’t got a contract yet but I think the primary objective at the moment is not to look at papers and worry about those, it’s to make sure that we get some good results. Obviously we have another race and another opportunity here before the summer break and then there’s a bit more time. I think time is moving quickly and we have been very busy. I think the whole team has been very, very busy trying to get back. I think this year has been very, very good for most of the year so far. Overall very positive.I’m really enjoying it, I think it’s great to be part of the Ferrari family and as I said we are all focused and determined to get Ferrari back to where it belongs. That’s our mission, our target, our goal and that’s what we are working on.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by the Italian media on Thursday.
With his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton now down to just one point going into the 11th race of the season, Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver said it is only natural his focus would be elsewhere: “What is delaying? I think the fact that we are working hard from the team’s point, my point, I think we have other things to do right now. In the summer there is a bit more time, a couple of weeks’ stretch where there is no race but for now I think the focus is extremely high on working on the car. For me I’m obviously not designing the bits but trying to give as much feedback as I can, trying to spend time in the simulator, generally talking to the team. That has priority. A piece of paper can be signed fairly quickly so that’s not a problem.” – Sebastian Vettel concluded.