Aston Martin F1 Emerges as Wild Card Entry in Sebastian Vettel Sweepstakes

Red Bull Racing official Helmut Marko, who had a hand in Vettel’s four consecutive F1 championships from 2010 through 2013, says Vettel will join a winning team or simply retire.

That would seem to mean Mercedes or bust for Vettel, who announced earlier this month that he would be leaving Ferrari after the 2020 season.

“I have spoken to Sebastian and of course we went through the options at Red Bull, but unfortunately there are none,” Marko, who brought Vettel into the sport via Red Bull’s driver program, told media outlet Sky Germany. “When I spoke to him, the message was that if he can join a winning team, he continues. Otherwise, not.”

Indeed, after McLaren officials revealed that no talks with Vettel took place, it is believed Renault is also not an option for the 32-year-old Vettel.

However, there are now rumors that Aston Martin, hardly a winning outfit, may be a possibility.

British publication This Is Money reports that documents show Racing Point owner and Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll is paving the way for Aston Martin to invest up to $243 million in the rebranded team (formerly Force India).

“There is the possibility that (Mercedes team principal and Aston Martin stakeholder) Toto Wolff, in combination with Lawrence Stroll, can offer him something,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher thinks it is possible that Wolff and Stroll may even find a way to take control of the Mercedes team.

Some think Mercedes parent Daimler will be pushing hard to potentially pair Vettel, a German, with Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

Marko also thinks Vettel could simply retire.

“It would be a shame for the sport, but for him it would be the best solution if there is no winning team available,” he said.

Vettel’s friend and mentor, the former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, thinks it really is possible that Mercedes will pair Hamilton and Vettel together.

“The two get along. I don’t see any ego problems and two outstanding drivers like them would be a superteam,” he told media outlet RTL.

“I can’t imagine that Hamilton would worry about Sebastian and I know that Vettel would also enjoy the challenge of fighting Lewis in the same car.”