Formula 1

Aston Martin are in talks with Sebastian Vettel about a new long-term contract, team principal Christian Krack has confirmed.

Vettel, a four-time F1 world champion, signed on with Aston Martin before the 2021 season, although his current contract expires at the conclusion of the current season.

Previously saying he would wait until the summer to decide whether or not to continue, Vettel hasn’t been in a rush to make a choice on his future.

Given that most of the top teams have already decided on their lineups for 2023, the future of Sebastian Vettel is expected to be a big topic of discussion.

Speaking last weekend in Canada, team principal Krack reaffirmed that there had been no change in policy and that Aston Martin wanted to continue working with him in the long run.

Krack responded, “We have always been clear that if he wants to continue, we would prefer to have him stay for a while.

“We’re conversing. We don’t need to give each other deadlines because we have a very, very excellent relationship.

He is aware that if we continue to drag this out too much, we will eventually run into difficulty.

But the conversations we’re having are really reliable. Everything is fine from that perspective.

Aston Martin AMR22, Sebastian Vettel Image courtesy of Mark Sutton/Motorsport Images

Following his COVID-19-related absence from the first two races of the season, Vettel scored his first points at Imola before posting his best season performance in Azerbaijan, when he finished sixth.

Prior to the AMR22’s big improvement the following month in Spain, Vettel stated in April that his future depended on how Aston Martin handled its problems with the vehicle.

With a broader setup window thanks to the change in car concept, Vettel’s performance improved, and he scored points in back-to-back races in Monaco and Azerbaijan. The British Grand Prix is scheduled for the following weekend, and Krack was anxious to use this as additional evidence to Vettel that it was progressing.

Barcelona, in my opinion, was the first step toward improving the car, as we have always stated, according to Krack.

“I’d want to show him one more thing, and then we can chat, maybe then I can and his motivation to do it is a little bit better,” she said.

If you talk about feelings, you can get disappointed, Krack said in response to the question of whether he had a gut feeling about what Vettel would chose to do.

“No, no, we looked at what we did here, we put in a lot of effort for Silverstone, and then we looked at where we were,” the respondent said.