"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
26 of August 2017 11:20:15
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.
https://t.co/i6YPU12XZD pic.twitter.com/Y5auSMwlvB— Formula 1 (@F1) 26 de agosto de 2017Since 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."