Vettel to take year off from F1 (Update)

(GMM) Sebastian Vettel may now have decided to take a sabbatical in 2021, according to his countryman and former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher.

Schumacher notes that after all the hype about a potential Aston Martin seat for the quadruple world champion, it has suddenly become “very, very quiet around him”.

Indeed, Sergio Perez has at the same time been sounding increasingly confident of remaining at the Silverstone based team for 2021.

Now that Racing Point has been stopped from taking its design from Mercedes, Vettel likely figures why bother to drive their otherwise inferior car

It means the situation for Vettel is suddenly unclear.

“As far as he is concerned, it’s just a matter of being ahead of his teammate in the last races and then going home and thinking about whether he wants to go any further,” Schumacher told Sky Deutschland when asked about Vettel.

“At the moment it has become very, very quiet around him. It may well be that he has now decided to take a year off.”

It would be a bitter end for Vettel, having arrived at Ferrari in 2014 with such high hopes, and then leaving the Maranello team amid its deep slump.

“I don’t regret going to Ferrari,” the German told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I may not have been able to win another title, but I fully support my choice at the time. We’ve had good and bad times, but I’ve mostly just lived in the moment.

“In the end, everything comes to an end and that’s it. I’m already working on my new goals,” Vettel added.

He has been linked with certain projects outside of Formula 1, but Vettel in fact seems more likely to secure a competitive F1 seat for 2021 or simply call it a day.

“I can stop and sit on the couch at home, but I still think Formula 1 is really cool,” he said.

“What I know is that I would only choose a team that has ambitions to achieve big goals.”

Vettel’s final act may turn out to be a horror last series of races for crisis-struck Ferrari.

“A lot of people have tried to help me over the past few years,” he admitted. “I think it’s just a show of respect to try to do the same in return.”

August 17, 2020 

With Sergio Perez throwing additional millions in sponsor dollars at Racing Point for 2021 and with the FIA clamping down on their copying the Mercedes F1 car, rumor has it that Sebastian Vettel may not want to sign with Racing Point for next year.

And now Christian Horner has raised the possibility of Sebastian Vettel taking a sabbatical from Formula One.

Vettel, 33, has been linked with a move to Racing Point in 2021 but Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, the son of the team’s co-owner Lawrence Stroll, are under contract for next year.

Sergio Perez lavishes Racing Point with a rumored $15M per year

“It is a shame because Sebastian is obviously not in a happy place,” Horner, who oversaw Vettel’s four consecutive titles as Red Bull team principal, told the PA news agency.

“He is still relatively young, so it depends on what his motivation is, but he is a four-time world champion and the third most successful driver of all time in terms of his victories. Nobody can take that away from him.

“If he chose to take a year out, he would still be very attractive to teams should he wish to come back in 12 months’ time.

“He doesn’t need to be in Formula One for the sake of being there next year. What he has achieved in this sport is quite phenomenal, and I am sure he is thinking hard about his next move. He is carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders at the moment and that must be very tough for him.”