Sebastian Vettel continues to leave his future open. Should he continue in Formula 1 beyond the summer, the 34-year-old is calling for noticeable progress at his team Aston Martin.

Sebastian Vettel is making his future in Formula One dependent above all on progress at his Aston Martin team. “The truth is that the next races, the next weeks and months will be the deciding factor on how things go. At the recent race in Imola it rained and washed us in somewhere up front and we were able to benefit from that,” the four-time world champion told ARD’s “Sportschau” in an interview. “That won’t be the case every weekend and I think our “normal” is more at the back of the field. That’s tough because that’s not my approach and not my goal,” Vettel, who missed the first two races of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia due to corona, continued.

The 34-year-old experienced rain driver had last finished eighth in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, scoring Aston Martin’s first points of the year, and earlier failed to finish in Australia due to a driver error. “Obviously it has to be noticeable that things are going in the right direction. It should be noticeable that the car is improving and that I can also see that the team is progressing,” Vettel said. “Formula 1 is what I have been doing for the past years and all my life in a way. But there are also other things,” leaving all options open for himself

Vettel is currently driving for the English factory team Aston Martin in his second season after leaving Ferrari. The Hessian had his most successful time at Red Bull, where he became world champion four times. His contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of this year.