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Marko: Vettel seems interested in potential return to Red Bull

  • Published on 11 Feb 2020 14:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko says that Sebastian Vettel has explored the possibility of returning to Red Bull in 2021.

Vettel departed the energy drink squad at the end of the 2014 season, switching to Ferrari with four world drivers' championships to his name.

After five years at the Maranello-based team, Vettel has failed to secure a fifth title, and has come under criticism in the last couple of seasons due to costly on-track errors.

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During the winter break, Vettel was spotted in Austria at the Alpine Ski World Cup, where he spent time with the Red Bull team

“It seems like Sebastian wanted to get feeling whether he could return to us in 2021," Marko told Autobild, via FormulaSpy. 

Any potential return to Red Bull is complicated by Max Verstappen's long-term deal with the team. Last month, it was announced that the Dutchman had penned a new deal that secures him until the end of the 2023 season.

Due to the nature of the deal, Vettel would need to take a pay cut in order to return, which Marko believes would be unfair.

"Sebastian is a four-time world champion and has certain financial claims, but since we have a new long-term contract with Max Verstappen, which wasn’t exactly cheap, we can’t afford a second heavyweight driver," Marko affirmed.

"That is unfortunately the case. Seb would have to come with very little money. But you can’t ask him to do that.”

Vettel a 'transfer trap' for future market

In 2019, Vettel was paired up with a new teammate in Charles Leclerc, who managed to finish ahead of Vettel in the drivers' championship.

Leclerc recently signed a long-term deal with the Scuderia outfit, causing Marko to label Vettel as a "transfer trap" heading into future markets. 

"Sebastian is a bit of a transfer trap," he said. "Ferrari committed to Leclerc, we have committed to Max Verstappen.

"He can only do really well this season, which I trust him to do if he has a car that suits his driving style. If he clearly beats Leclerc, Ferrari has to think about him. And then he would also be interesting for Mercedes.”

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  • Mercedes is not dishing out 30-40 Mil USD per year to Vettel while giving Hamilton $60 mil. It simply is poor ROI. Ferrari is still the best spot for Vettel, unless they screw up their 2020 car ( which they are entirely capable of ) , and Vettel takes a pay cut for moving to RB.

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    • Feb 11 2020 - 16:43
  • Not attracting a lot of sponsors, and not leading a charismatic lifestyle is biting Vettel now. If only, he could bring in few more sponsors to the table, Mercedes could take that step, considering his passport.

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    • Feb 11 2020 - 16:45
  • Sadtomato

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    I expect Seb thought he was having a private conversation with RB. Unfortunately for him the good Doctor does not seem to 'do' private.

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    • Feb 11 2020 - 20:10
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    I am a Set fan but performance/ cost RBR is better off with Albon based on last years performance. If Albon has a good year and Ferrari underperforms time is against Seb getting a top ride. If I were him Id drive for much less to get to a top team.

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    • Feb 11 2020 - 23:48
  • It wouldnt' surprise me. I think a part of his heart will always be there, so if Ferrari won't fly, I'm sure he'll try to get back into RBH.

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    • Feb 12 2020 - 18:01
  • Vettel besides Verstappen is not going to happen.

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    • Feb 14 2020 - 11:16

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