The information that Vettel will not be sticking with Ferrari past completion of this period has actually undoubtedly stimulated supposition concerning his future, with Mercedes extensively considered a feasible house.
Wolff currently has George Russell aligned as a possible substitute for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas in 2021 if there is an openings. Esteban Ocon– the group’s various other protege– continues to be dedicated to Renault for an additional period.
Wolff claims that the group remains in no rush to make any type of choices concerning its future line-up, in spite of the flurry of task that complied with the Vettel information, with Carlos Sainz finalizing for Ferrari and also Daniel Ricciardo for McLaren.
“We were quite surprised with the early movements because you need to start the season with a driver that you know you’re going to lose,” claimed Wolff.
“It’s really complicated to establish a vehicle without having that vehicle driver become part of it, and also every vehicle driver requires to be a group gamer too, which ends up being 2nd top priority in my point of view for the pertinent man. For us we wish to take our time.
“Our top priority pushes the Mercedes chauffeurs, Valtteri and also Lewis, and afterwards undoubtedly George and also the Williams scenario we’re checking out withinterest Beyond that you do not discount rate any type of vehicle driver.
“This is why I claimed I do not wish to discount rate Sebastian as a four-time globe champ, due to the fact that that recognizes what occurs in the following months?
“If I had actually informed you in January that we would certainly not have any type of auto racing in the very first fifty percent of the year no one would certainly have thought it. So in that regard we are just maintaining our choices open at this phase.”
Pressed on whether maintaining Vettel in the framework was just paying lip solution, Wolff firmly insisted that there was even more to it, and also remembered just how Nico Rosberg’s unexpected retired life left the group trying to find a vehicle driver at the end of the 2016 period.
“First of all, it’s not lip solution. I assume we owe it to a four-time globe champ not ahead out and also state quickly ‘No’ You require to think of it.
“On the opposite we have an amazing line-up, and also I’m satisfied with both our pilots, and alsoGeorge But you never ever understand. One of them might determine that he does not wish to go competing anymore, and also instantly you have an uninhabited area.
“And this is why I do not wish to appear in June and also state, ‘No opportunity, Sebastian is not auto racing for us.’ First of all I would not do to him as a vehicle driver, to be that candid, and also beyond I’ve seen black swans showing up when no one anticipated.
“Remember Nico Rosberg. In that respect we’re just keeping our options open, but of course concentrating our discussions with our current drivers.”
Asked concerning Hamilton’s scenario, Wolff firmly insisted that there have actually been no conversations concerning prolonging the agreement of the six-time globe champ.
“We really did not see each various other lockdown, however we remained in routine get in touch with. But we really did not service any type of contract. Between us there is a great deal of trust fund.
“We have actually been with each other for a very long time, and also never ever in these years with each other we needed to take the agreement out and also really review what was composed in there, due to the fact that it comes so normally.
“And therefore once racing resumes we’re going to spend some time together, dig the contract out of the cupboard, look at the timings and the numbers and the rights and hopefully have something pretty soon.”