Sebastian Vettel sends message to Mercedes and Red Bull amid Ferrari exit rumours | F1 | Sport


Vettel’s future at Ferrari has been hot topic in the paddock this year with the Italian team failing to close the gap to Mercedes.

Red Bull chief Helmut Marko is one of a number of people who believes it’s time for the German F1 star to find a new challenge.

His demeanour this season at times has also suggested Vettel’s been frustrated at having a car unable of competing with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas for the majority of the campaign.

He currently sits fourth in the driver standings, 84 points behind championship leader Hamilton.

It’s a stark contrast to this time last year when the 32-year-old was just 17 points behind the British F1 star.

But Vettel has no intention of leaving Ferrari to seek a new venture at the end of the season.

“I never said that,” he told German TV channel RTL.

“I do not know where that came from, so that is totally unfounded.”

He added: “There are no options.

“The aim is to become successful with Ferrari.

“This is not my intention, but also the aim of the team.

“Looking back at the five years, we are certainly in a better shape than we were five years ago.

“However, we moved a bit backwards compared to last year which does not make us proud or happy, but we are working flat-out to win.”

The action gets back underway this week at the Hungarian Grand Prix in the last race before the summer break.

Max Verstappen enters the weekend as the man in form having won two of the last three races.

The Dutchman retired early from last year’s race in Hungary and will likely be looking to make amends this time around.

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