After Sebastian Vettel was shown the door by Ferrari, many felt that his career in F1 had come to an end. However, he would eventually sign with the rebranded Aston Martin team. At one point prior to that, it was suggested that he could return to Red Bull. This idea was shot down by the Red Bull brass at the time but team advisor Helmut Marko has now spoken to F1-Insider and explained why Vettel should have waited
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Why Marko Asked Vettel To Wait Longer Before Signing 2021 Contract
Marko got straight to the point
“I didn’t want him to act rashly, but to wait because it was clear to me that things would change in the driver market for 2022. For example, I was sure that there would be a vacancy at Mercedes then. But not only there”
He then confirmed that Red Bull could also have been an option
“That also included Red Bull. I just wanted him to still be on the market at the right time so he could take the best possible offer. Above all, I didn’t want a four-time World Champion to say goodbye to Formula One like that. Not as a friend, and not as a Red Bull man”
He then explained how the timing wasn’t right initially
“When Ferrari gave him notice, we had no place left for 2021. At the time, we firmly assumed that Alexander Albon would develop positively, so that he would also be able to drive alongside Max Verstappen in 2021. That’s what I told Sebastian. Unfortunately, we were wrong”
He then pointed out why they had to go with Sergio Perez
“When we had to act, Sebastian was no longer on the list because he had made a long-term commitment to Aston Martin. Therefore, Sergio Perez was the logical decision for us”
He signed off by looking at it from Vettel’s point of view
“Aston Martin was very tempting. The name is cult, the close cooperation with Mercedes promised a competitive package. I can understand him, even if I personally would have waited”
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan likes “Vettel very much, but” he thinks that “Aston Martin made a mistake in giving him a contract”
He further elaborated that “the last two years against Charles Leclerc at Ferrari were miserable” and that “he's past his prime”
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has revealed that his “relationship with” former team “McLaren has always been very open and relaxed. So”, he “never really felt much pressure”
Helmut Marko has pointed out that they “have a one-year contract with Perez for now. Let's see how he does first and whether he fits in with the team”
An F1 spokesperson has stated that “the rumors that the Grands Prix on street circuits will not take place are not true at all”
Alpine have confirmed that Davide Brivio, the former team boss of 2020 MotoGP champions Suzuki, has joined their team
His exact position and responsibilities within Alpine’s F1 team will be announced at a later date
McLaren’s Lando Norris feels that he and former teammate Carlos Sainz “were very close on pace”
He also thinks that new teammate Daniel Ricciardo is a “different driver, but he’s not going to be tenths faster than Carlos”
“Maybe there’s better consistency or better feedback. He’s able to do a better job in qualifying or he’s better at tire saving”
Williams’ team principal Simon Roberts has stated that “Dorilton doesn't want to take away the current atmosphere, which feels very welcoming at Williams”
He reiterated that they “really want to keep the family atmosphere and the friendliness”
He is also hopeful that former deputy team principal Claire Williams can visit the team when they “get back to Europe”
AlphaTauri’s team principal Franz Tost has stated that “it's a big advantage to move to a sixty percent wind tunnel” after they began using Red Bull’s wind tunnel
He added that previously, they “had to work with fifty percent. A sixty percent tunnel is more accurate and hopefully provides” them “with more correct data”
Former F1 driver Jarno Trulli has suggested that the “return of Imola means that one of the most iconic circuits in Italy is back on the calendar”
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is of the opinion that teammate “George Russell is a great benchmark for” him because he has “to adapt and learn so much about” himself “as a driver”
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