With another contract extension on the horizon, Sebastian Vettel has demonstrated his strategy for the 2022 season.
Sebastian Vettel has stated that he will start the 2022 Formula One season with caution, as it will be his 15th consecutive full season in the sport and 16 years since he first competed in a Grand Prix weekend.
Vettel, a four-time World Champion, has become one of the sport’s elder statesmen, with rumours of a possible retirement circulating in recent years after he lost his position with Ferrari and struggled in his first year with Aston Martin in 2021.
Vettel, who appeared rejuvenated and invigorated at Aston Martin’s 2022 car introduction on Thursday, said he’ll assess the season as it unfolds before discussing a contract extension with the team – his current contract expires at the end of 2022.
“The thing is, I think I’ve had a while now in the sport,” he told media, including RacingNews365.com, from the event.
“I had good years and not-so-good years but, mostly I would say good years, great years, with a very competitive car and competitive team.
“Now, no doubt, I’m in a very competitive team. The team spirit is great and the goal is clear. We want to progress and win. So, ultimately, having had the path that I have had so far, I’m mostly interested in winning and that will determine what the future brings.”
Vettel: I have no cut-off dates in mind
With the Silverstone-based team currently in a medium-term phase of substantial investment, including a new factory build, as owner Lawrence Stroll intends to develop Aston Martin into title contenders in the next 4 – 5 years, Vettel admitted he doesn’t realise if he’ll be around to reap the rewards of those attempts.
“I don’t know is the honest answer. This is a new year in many, many ways,” he said.
“I think we will go step by step. So, I don’t know is the answer.”
Vettel went on to say that he doesn’t have any specific targets in mind, and that he hasn’t laid out any performance goals for Aston Martin in order to keep him engaged.
“I have no cut-offs in mind and I don’t have a number in terms of where the team needs to be or where we need to race,” he commented.
“I think we will see where we are and then, at some point, we’ll start looking a little bit more forward into the future.
“I think we focus on the start of the season now and then go from there.”
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