Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed there was no offer on the table with respect to a new Ferrari deal but accepted he was left a bit surprised when he was made aware of the team’s decision.Also Read - F1: Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen British GP Collision, Red Bull Driver Taken to Hospital After Nasty Crash- WATCH VIDEO
Vettel has so far won 14 races for Ferrari but failed to add to the four titles he won with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. It was earlier announced by both Vettel and Ferrari that their association with come to an end after the current campaign. Also Read - British GP Live Streaming in India: When And Where to Watch - British Grand Prix F1 Race Online, TV Telecast of Race Day Today
“There was no sticking point,” Vettel was quoted as saying by Formula1.com. “It was obviously a surprise to me when I got the call from Mattia (Binotto, Ferrari Team Principal) when he told me that there was no further intention for the team to continue. Also Read - Formula 1: Max Verstappen Clinches Austrian Grand Prix, Extends Overall Lead Over Lewis Hamilton
“We never got into any discussions there was never an offer on the table and therefore there was no sticking point,” he added.
Vettel, who is currently gearing up for the much-anticipated Austrian GP, also revealed he hasn’t held discussions with other teams over a possible move next season.
“At the moment I’m not really having any. Looking forward, obviously I want to make sure I make the right decision for myself and my future. I think I have a very competitive nature, I have achieved a lot in the sport,” Vettel said.
“I’m motivated and willing to achieve more. To do so I need the right package and the right people around me, so that”s what I’m looking out for at the moment.
“If the right opportunity should arise then it is quite clear (what I will do). If that”s not the case then I’ll probably have to look out for something else,” he added.
(With agency inputs)