Purple Bull workforce principal Christian Horner has confirmed Sebastian Vettel just isn’t being thought-about as Max Verstappen’s teammate subsequent 12 months, regardless of the four-time world champion showing interest in a return.
Vettel can be changed by Carlos Sainz at Ferrari subsequent 12 months and it’s wanting more and more unlikely that he’ll stay on the F1 grid in 2021.
He revealed on Thursday that he has held talks with Renault, however that possibility closed off when the French producer signed Fernando this week. Purple Bull has a take care of Verstappen till the tip of 2023, however has but to verify Alex Albon, who joined the workforce from Toro Rosso final 12 months, as his teammate for 2021.
Vettel received all 4 of his championships with Purple Bull within the early 2010s, however regardless of exhibiting curiosity in a return to the workforce, Horner confirmed he isn’t below severe consideration for 2021.
“Clearly the subject has been raised, we had an excellent time with Seb, he’ll eternally be part of our historical past, however we did not anticipate him to be available on the market this 12 months, and our dedication is to our current drivers, we predict we now have an important pairing in Max and Alex, and we predict that has nice potential for the longer term as effectively, so sadly it is not one thing that we’re going to have the ability to accommodate,” Horner advised Sky Sports activities.
Requested straight if there was any probability of Vettel returning, he added: “That could be a particular no, I am afraid.
“Sebastian is conscious of that. It is uncommon for a four-time world champion to be out of a drive at this level within the 12 months so I suppose he has bought a few selections obtainable to him, assuming Racing Level or a 12 months out and re-evaluate the choices in a 12 months’s time.”
Nevertheless, Racing Level has Sergio Perez below contract for subsequent 12 months alongside Lance Stroll, the son of workforce proprietor Lawrence Stroll.
When Racing Level workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer was requested if Vettel was an possibility for 2021, he mentioned. “Like I mentioned earlier than, it is flattering that everybody thinks a four-time world champions ought to come to our workforce, however perhaps that is as a result of the automotive is a bit faster now,” he mentioned.
“You might be completely proper, we now have lengthy contracts for each of our drivers, so it could solely be logical that we do not have area.”
The information from these two groups leaves Vettel with only a few choices. Mercedes has made clear that it could solely contemplate him if its present drivers didn’t conform to new phrases, whereas McLaren already has Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris below contract for subsequent 12 months.
That leaves Purple Bull junior workforce Alpha Tauri, American workforce Haas, Alfa Romeo and Williams as the one choices left to Vettel.