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It’s positively not me: Max Verstappen on Sebastian Vettel’s substitute at Ferrari


Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen reckons Spaniard Carlos Sainz is extra more likely to change Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari subsequent 12 months than Daniel Ricciardo.

Ferrari introduced on Tuesday that four-time world champion Vettel can be leaving them on the finish of the season. The 32-year-old German driver joined F1’s most profitable workforce in 2015 to switch Fernando Alonso, however has not added to his world titles at Purple Bull from 2010-13.

McLaren’s Sainz and Renault’s Ricciardo, thought-about the main contenders for probably the most coveted seats within the sport, have been workforce mates of Dutch 22-year-old Verstappen at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) and Purple Bull respectively.

“The hypothesis was occurring a bit, is he going to proceed with Ferrari or not? Properly at present it’s out. He’s not,” Verstappen mentioned in an Instagram Q&A with former racer David Coulthard for workforce sponsor Puma.

“I suppose additionally very quickly we’ll discover out who the substitute goes to be. It’s positively not me, I can let you know. I’m at Purple Bull,” added Verstappen, whose contract runs to the tip of 2023.

Requested whether or not he thought Vettel’s substitute can be the Italian or Spanish-sounding title, Verstappen replied: “I feel it’s not going to be the Italian-sounding title… it’s only a guess, we’ll have to attend and see.”

Each Ricciardo and Sainz, already on his third workforce on the age of 25 after a stint at Renault earlier than McLaren, are each out of contract on the finish of the season.

‘Mercedes should think about Vettel’s availability’

In the meantime, Method One champions Mercedes should think about Vettel’s scenario when deciding their 2021 lineup, workforce boss Toto Wolff mentioned on Tuesday.

“Sebastian is a good driver, a serious character and an asset to any Method One workforce,” mentioned Wolff, in quotes supplied by Mercedes.

The Austrian is presently in negotiations with six occasions world champion Lewis Hamilton over a brand new deal.

“When trying to the longer term, our first loyalty lies with the present Mercedes drivers however naturally we should take this improvement into consideration.”

Hamilton and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas are out of contract with Mercedes on the finish of the season and Wolff’s feedback can be famous by each.

Hamilton, 35, has been linked to Ferrari in media hypothesis, however the Briton has indicated he plans to stick with the workforce that has received the final six drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

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