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Tost: Vettel can still win championships in F1

  • Published on 18 May 2020 11:53
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel can still remain in Formula 1 and win world championships, according to AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost.

Last week it was confirmed that Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season, leaving big question marks over his future in F1.

The German has been linked with a move to Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton, however the Silver Arrows affirms that Vettel is not their priority when it comes to confirming its 2021 driver line-up.

Tost, who worked with Vettel when the latter was part of the Toro Rosso team in 2007 and 2008, is sure that retaining a seat within the top three teams is Vettel's main goal.

“The end of something always means the start of something,” Tost told Formula1.com. “It really depends on what seat he gets. To fight for a championship, Sebastian Vettel is a driver of the calibre who can do this.

“He needs to get a seat in the first three teams. Then he has a real chance to win races and another championship. I know Sebastian quite well, and that is for sure his main target.”

Tost: Winning is Vettel's motivation, not money

With Mercedes yet to sign up its two drivers for 2021, only Max Verstappen is contracted at Red Bull beyond 2020.

Vettel won his four world championships with the energy drink squad, however Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that Vettel's return to the team is “enormously unlikely”.

Tost added that Vettel's current motivation lies in achieving success in F1 rather than settle for a lower-placed team in order to financially benefit.

“He is not a driver who just wants to be on the starting grid. If we’re doing a race now, he wants to win a race,” Tost said. It depends how the ingredients he will get together to achieve the goal.

“From the financial side, I don’t think he needs to continue racing, but drivers who have won championships, they don’t think so much of the money. Their motivation is to win races, to be successful. That’s the motivation, not the money.

“He’s only 32 years old, he’s a very high-skilled driver, and if he gets the correct package, if he’s sitting in a Ferrari, Red Bull or Mercedes, he’s still able to win races, and I’m also quite sure he can win another championship – it depends on which team he can drive for.”

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  • Dert38

    Posts: 244

    i hope not!

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    • May 18 2020 - 12:53
  • Give him a Mercedes and he will.
    Very easily.

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    • May 18 2020 - 16:36
  • xoya

    Posts: 538

    Yes, but actually no.

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    • May 18 2020 - 17:06
    • Depends who he's racing against surely?

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      • May 19 2020 - 15:54
  • ...can still win championships ... IF the car is dominant and suits his driving style. I guess, there are at least 4 more pilots on the grid who could do this without a car tailor made for him. That's THE problem, why teams are not making him offers that he can't refuse.

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    • May 18 2020 - 20:17
    • Snooky

      Posts: 36

      Think the main reason is why pay someone who’s a 4 time world champion who’ll be there a year or 2 before retiring anyway when if you’re Mercedes you can pay someone like Ocon or Russell who you’ll pay less and is a more long term plan with a younger driver. Ferrari realised they won’t win now, Vettel can’t afford to wait, so they’ve gone for a long term plan, Merc aren’t going to want to go for 2 veterans on the grid regardless of their talents and the only other possibility seems to be Renault and again that’s more a project. Think he can retire happily now

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      • May 18 2020 - 20:37

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