Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
Sports

Sebastian Vettel Extends Ferrari Contract for 3 More Years 

"I believe that Ferrari has something unique, something the other teams don't have," Vettel said

Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel at th Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery, photo: Wikimedia
1 month ago

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS – Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel says it was a “no-brainer” to extend his contract with Ferrari for three more years but it still took him until late August to do so.

The German driver, who was out of contract at the end of this season after joining from Red Bull in 2015, penned a new deal until the end of 2020 this weekend. Ferrari made the announcement in a statement Saturday at the Belgian Grand Prix, without giving further details.

“I decided to go for it and make the call,” Vettel said after qualifying in second place for Sunday’s race. “I love this team and I love the people I work with. I believe that Ferrari has something unique, something the other teams don’t have.”

Earlier this week, Ferrari also extended Kimi Raikkonen’s contract, although only for one year.

Since joining Ferrari, Vettel has won seven races — three in 2015 and four this year — and secured 28 podium finishes. His win at the Hungarian GP before the summer break was the 46th of his career.

“The presence of Ferrari is huge. But if you see the people working at Ferrari and meet them, it’s even bigger, the passion they carry inside them,” Vettel said. “That’s my conviction. It was a no-brainer to continue. We haven’t yet achieved what we want to, but things are looking pretty good.”

Ferrari clinched its last drivers’ title in 2007 — when Raikkonen won in his first stint there — and its last constructors’ title the year after.

This announcement ended speculation as to whether the 30-year-old Vettel was going to stay with the Italian team, or potentially make a move to rival Mercedes next year. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who trails Vettel by 14 points in this year’s title race, scoffed at that prospect on Thursday, saying Vettel would not want to be his teammate.

But asked if he had considered a move to Mercedes — having reportedly discussed it with Mercedes’ management — Vettel was ambiguous.

“I’ve been around in the paddock for a while so I know people; it’s natural that you talk. But nothing more than chatting, mostly about other stuff to be honest,” he said. “I’ve been talking for a while with Ferrari, my intention was to stay. I want to win in red. Michael [Schumacher] won most of his championships in red.”

The next three years are locked down for Vettel, but he sounded cautious about whether he wants to end his career with Ferrari.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said. “It’s a long time; a lot of things can happen … That’s far, far away, so not really a topic.”

The news of Vettel’s signature could also have a knock-on effect on Mercedes. With Vettel unavailable, and Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo tied to contracts next year, this increases the chances of Valtteri Bottas staying with Mercedes next year.

Bottas joined late last year as an emergency replacement for Nico Rosberg, after the German driver stunned F1 by retiring days after beating Hamilton to the title.

The 32-year-old Hamilton has another year left to run on his Mercedes contract.

JEROME PUGMIRE

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
World

Venezuela: Trump Acted 'Like the World's ...

1 hour ago
Sports

Judge Breaks McGwire's HR Rookie Record, ...

1 hour ago
World

Collins' Opposition All but Kills GOP He ...

2 hours ago
World

Trump's New Travel Ban: Third Time the C ...

2 hours ago
Most Popular

Searchers Dig as Mexico City Reopens jus ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Colegio Rébsamen Operated Legally, Says ...

By Notimex
Mexico

INAH: Report Damaged Museums, Cultural H ...

By The News
Mexico

The Unexpected Heroes of the Earthquake

By María Trueba de Buen
Mexico

New Earthquake, Magnitude 6.1, Shakes Ji ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico