Sebastian Vettel to McLaren? Team boss Andreas Seidl speaks plainly

Wild rumors have been circulating in the Formula 1 paddock for days: the traditional McLaren racing team is interested in signing Sebastian Vettel. McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl now speaks plain text in the RTL / ntv interview and assures: There is nothing to the reports. Regular driver Daniel Ricciardo will also be driving for the British team next year – and Sebastian Vettel is not coming.

No hag in papaya colors! Andreas Seidl, McLaren team boss, draws a line under the rumors that Sebastian Vettel will drive for the Woking team in the coming year. “Yes, I can definitely rule that out,” he said clearly in the RTL/ntv interview. “I respect him very much as a driver and as a person, but there is no reflection on that.”

So the rumors are not confirmed. For Sebastian Vettel there are actually only two options. Either he extends the expiring contract with Aston Martin. Or he’ll hang up his gloves and retire from F1. A decision is expected after the summer break at the latest.

Vettel confirms talks with Aston Martin

Most recently, the four-time world champion had confirmed that there were further talks with his employer. “There is an intention to proceed and we are talking,” Vettel said on Thursday.

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack had repeatedly emphasized that they would like to continue with Vettel, even in the long term. In the RTL / ntv interview on the sidelines of the Great Britain GP, ​​he said: “We have to show him that we are able to improve this vehicle after our weak start to the season in an area that Sebastian sees light at the end of the tunnel again. If he notices that the package works, that there is progress, then the decision is much easier for him.”

Will Vettel continue to drive for Aston Martin in 2023?

Ex-companion Seidl wishes Vettel to remain in Formula 1. “I would definitely wish it for him, for the Formula 1 fans and also for the Formula 1 fans in Germany,” he said. “But in the end he has to work this out with himself and his team.”

The McLaren boss also finally wiped the persistent rumors of the stumbling McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo off the table. “We have a contract with Daniel for next year, so there’s no doubt about that.” So Ricciardo will continue to drive for McLaren in 2023.

It is now the second word of power from a McLaren manager who, despite the lack of sporting success, supports the Australian. In Silverstone, CEO Zak Brown emphasized in an RTL/ntv interview that Ricciardo would continue to be relied on. When asked if he and Brown’s word could be taken, Seidl replied, “Yes, absolutely.”

Ricciardo under pressure, but not before the end

Nevertheless, everyone involved is aware that Ricciardo’s performance continues to lag behind the demands of the team and the driver. “It’s no secret, as he says himself: He just had a hard time with the new car this year, especially in qualifying, when it’s going to the absolute limit, to find that last percentage that Lando regularly found,” said Seidl.

The Formula 1 veteran is “very intensively working with the team in Woking in the simulator to see what he can do to find these last percentages.”

Seidl himself is “confident” that things will get better in the second half of the year. Better results like in the last race give hope. And the team also needs a competitive Ricciardo to compete in the Constructors’ Championship. Thanks to the good results of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso in Austria and Great Britain, competitor Alpine drew level with McLaren in fourth place. In France, McLaren threatens to slip to fifth place.

Felix Gorner and Emmanuel Schneider

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