Aston Martin option open to Vettel

23 May 2020 20:51:57 GMTPlus10

Former Formula 1 ace David Coulthard reckons a move Aston Martin could be an interesting proposition for Sebastian Vettel.

Four-time world champion Vettel announced that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season, sparking a hive of activity in the driver's market.

A day after Vettel's announcement, Ferrari revealed the capture of Carlos Sainz Jr from McLaren, who in turn replaced the Spaniard with Daniel Ricciardo from Renault.

Constructors' champions Mercedes also have their own driver situation to sort out with both world champion Lewis Hamilton and number two Valtteri Bottas in the final year of their contracts.

A move to Mercedes has been touted as a possibility for Vettel but much would depend on the futures of their current driving roster.

Ricciardo's move to McLaren also leaves open the possibility of Vettel joining Renault, who supplied the engines for all of the German's world title triumphs at Red Bull.

Coulthard, who won 13 Grands Prix during his driving career, says that the Silver Arrows would offer Vettel guaranteed performance but Aston Martin, who will take over sponsorship of the current Racing Point team in 2021, would offer Vettel an entirely different challenge.

"The negotiating wheel has gone against him for whatever reason," Coulthard told the F1 Nation podcast. "If that was about status and money and he wants to race then he’s made a mistake.

"He now only has Mercedes as a reasonably safe bet of performance before getting into the unknown of Renault.

"Or does he go to Aston Martin, take a shareholding, and take another phase of his career, which could be an option, a bit left-field?"

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