Bernie Ecclestone believes Sebastian Vettel should return to Red Bull and team up with Max Verstappen.
According to Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel should return to Red Bull to show the world how fast he can be in the present day.
Prior to his move to Ferrari, the German won all four of his F1 world championships at Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
He struggled to make an impact there and moved to Aston Martin before the start of the 2021 season, where he only managed a single podium finish by finishing second in Baku at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Vettel admitted in December that he considered retiring from racing before signing a one-year extension with Aston Martin for the 2022 season in September of last year.
Former Formula One boss Ecclestone, on the other hand, believes the 34-year-old should be the one to decide when he retires, and believes a new partnership with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen could give him a new lease on life.
‘When he feels like it,’ Ecclestone told German outlet Sport1 when asked when Vettel should retire.
He should not be told that he must retire.
‘We don’t know how fast he is now because he isn’t in a competitive car – so it’s difficult to say he isn’t as quick as he used to be.’
‘Actually, he should be back in Red Bull.’
After joining Aston Martin from Ferrari, Vettel, 34, had a mixed first season, finishing 12th in the drivers’ standings with 43 points.
In the 2021 season, he was also denied a second podium finish when his car failed to provide the one litre sample of fuel required after the Hungary Grand Prix.
Vettel has also expressed his dissatisfaction with F1’s slow progress toward becoming a more environmentally friendly sport, prompting speculation that he might retire to focus on environmental activism and LGBTQ issues.
Vettel, however, told F1-Insider last month that “the fire is still burning.”
‘Of course, you ask yourself the meaning question now and then.
I’d be lying if I said the thought hadn’t occurred to him.’
‘However, I don’t simply go on to deliver messages.’
Then I wouldn’t be as good because I wouldn’t be true to myself.
‘It would be a betrayal of the generation that is yet to come and live the dream if I no longer feel the inner drive and ambition and only stick to it to convey messages or increase the bank balance.’
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