Formula One team Aston Martin has reiterated its desire to extend Sebastian Vettel’s contract.

“I very much hope he will stay with us. The next few weeks will show. He has to make a decision,” team principal Mike Krack told the motorsport kingpin’s Beyond The Grid podcast published on Wednesday. “We know exactly what kind of diamond we have there,” the Luxembourger continued. “He has years ahead of him where he can be successful if he has a car that can do it.” At the moment, however, Vettel does not have such a car.

“Fire in his eyes”

The four-time world champion’s contract with the English racing team expires at the end of this year. Vettel recently made it clear at the French Grand Prix that he wants to continue driving beyond this season. “Oh yes, he definitely does,” Krack replied when asked if the Heppenheimer still loved racing. Vettel still has that “fire in his eyes”.

Krack has known the German for a long time. Vettel did his first practice laps in the top class of motorsport for BMW on a Friday in Istanbul at the end of August 2006, Krack was chief engineer at the time. Vettel was “very refreshing” as a teenager back then, recalled the current Aston Martin team boss. The Hessian had a high basic speed, but was only able to realise his potential after his move to Toro Rosso in 2007.

Vettel has been driving for Aston Martin since 2021, which has major problems with the development of its car. In the world championship standings, the 35-year-old is only 14th, directly ahead of Haas driver Mick Schumacher. After the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, Formula 1 goes into a summer break of about four weeks.