Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel is reportedly looking for a one-year deal with Ferrari, and is not interested in securing his long-term future at the team.
Vettel is out of contract at the end of this season, and Ferrari are hoping to extend his stay, insisting the contract decision is up to the four-time world champion.
Finish newspaper Ilta Sanomat cite Italian sources that say Vettel is pushing for a 1-year contract in order to keep his option open for 2019.
It is suggested that Ferrari and Vettel are not in agreement over the duration of the new deal, with the team apparently offering a lucrative three-year deal worth $138.5 million.
In June, Sebastian Vettel told Sky Sports F1 that he was in unknown territory, having delayed contract talks for 2018 in order to focus on his current title bid.
“It’s my first time in this situation where I don’t really know what happens next year, but I’m not too worried,” Vettel said.
“I’m really focused on what’s going on right now, and that’s the same in the team from what I hear from people.”
Month-old reports have been circulating that claimed Vettel could have made a pre-contract pact with Mercedes.
He has insisted that there is no issue between himself and Ferrari.
Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne set out his team’s position at the Austrian Grand Prix.
“I made it very clear that if he wants to stay then we’ll just renew it.
“It’s up to him.”
Formula One addict. F1 Hub race reporter; former CentralSector admin.