Toto Wolff: We do not exclude the contract with VettelJune 4, 2020
Mercedes Team Leader Toto Wolff allowed the possibility of signing a contract with Sebastian Vettel if Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas leave the team at the end of 2020. At the same time, Toto added that the priority for him remains the extension of contracts with existing pilots.
“I think we can’t immediately refuse the four-time world champion,” Toto said on Wednesday while talking to the press. “We should consider this option.” On the other hand, we have a fantastic line-up, and I am very pleased with both of our pilots and George Russell.
You never know how events will develop. One of our riders may decide that he no longer wants to race. Then suddenly we will have a vacancy, and that’s why I don’t want to say in June that Sebastian has no chance to speak for us.
Firstly, I would not do with him as with the rider, because that would be stupid. Secondly, I remember very well the events that no one expected. Remember Nico Rosberg. That is why we leave ourselves various options, but, of course, focused on the current riders.
We were surprised by such early transitions. As a result, the teams will start the season with riders who will leave at the end of the year. It is very difficult to develop a new car without the participation of a pilot. Each rider must be a team player, but if he knows that he will leave, then the interests of the team cease to be his main priority.
We do not want to rush. Our riders Valtteri and Lewis remain the priority. And we must not forget George and the situation in Williams, the development of which we are following with interest. In addition, we should not discount other riders.
No one knows what will happen in the coming months, and that is why I do not want to discount Sebastian, the four-time world champion. If I said in January that in the first half of the year we will not have races at all, then no one would believe. Therefore, we do not exclude anything. ”
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