Aston Martin System 1 boss Mike Krack has rubbished options Sebastian Vettel is on a “farewell tour” as he prepares to retire.
4-time World Champion Vettel introduced his retirement from F1 on the finish of the season simply earlier than the Hungarian Grand Prix – in flip triggering a free-for-all within the driver market as previous rival Fernando Alonso was signed to switch him.
Vettel is enduring a troublesome season within the comparatively uncompetitive AMR22 – scoring factors in six races and is thirteenth within the standings after a DNF on the Italian Grand Prix – the scene of his first win again in 2008.
The German can also be in peril of not scoring a podium in a full-time season for the primary time – with simply six alternatives left for him to make one other go to to the podium.
Regardless of nearing the top of his profession, Vettel is as nonetheless as dedicated as ever, and isn’t on a “farewell tour” in line with Krack.
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“We’re not actually on a farewell tour,” Krack instructed media together with RacingNews365.com.
“We’re not considering that is the final month, that’s the final yr, or that is the final time I do that or [that].
“We are going to for positive have a farewell in Abu Dhabi, however till then, it is probably not on our thoughts that we go now world wide and it’s at all times the final – by no means.”
Krack identified that some tracks developing on the calendar – equivalent to Singapore ought to swimsuit the Aston greater than decrease downforce ones like Monza – with Vettel a five-time winner on the streets of Marina Bay.
“I believe we’ve a few races to return the place the automotive might be extra aggressive, and you’ve got seen in some types, the potential to enter Q3 was there.
“So we’ve the potential and I believe that is additionally encouraging for the races to return.
“Singapore was at all times a observe the place he carried out very, very nicely, so we’ve excessive hopes that we obtain one thing one thing good with him from now to the top.”