Sebastian Vettel says he was surprised to learn from team principal Mattia Binotto that Ferrari had decided not to extend his contract beyond the end of the year.2021 F1 season.
“It was obviously a surprise to me when I got the call by Mattia when he told me that there was no further intention from the team to continue,” said Vettel.
“We never got into any discussions. There was never an offer on the table and therefore there was no sticking point.”
Vettel has not confirmed where he might go next season and said he’s “not really having any” talks about his future yet.
“I’m looking forward, obviously I want to make sure I make the right decision for myself and my future.
“I have a very competitive nature. I’ve achieved a lot in the sport and I’m motivated and willing to achieve more. To do so I think I need the right package, the right people around me.
“So that’s what I’m looking out for at the moment. If the right opportunity should arise then I think it is quite clear. If that’s not the case then I will probably have to look out for something else.”
“If the right thing comes together and comes up and I’m willing to to continue, then I feel I have much more to give,” he added.
However he indicated he would not be prepared to take a sabbatical from the sport with the intention of returning later.
“I am of the conviction that if you are prepared to, let’s say, shut the door, then you should be prepared to shut that door and not shut it and expect it to open again, if you see what I mean.
“So I think you have to be aware of the decision that you are making at the time. And that’s why also I’m not rushing into anything and I think now it’s good to get the season on the go but the next weeks and months will probably bring some more clarity.”
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