F1 2020: Sebastian Vettel negotiating with Racing Point Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel has reportedly started negotiations with Racing Point Aston Martin with the veteran driver now committed to racing on in 2021.

Vettel was the odd-man out when negotiations with Ferrari broke down earlier this year, resulting in the team announcing Carlos Sainz would partner rising star Charles Leclerc beyond the 2020 season.

It started the biggest driver shake-up Formula 1 has seen in years — and there is still more contract chaos to play out.

According to Germany’s Bild newspaper, Vettel and Racing Point are deep in negotiations, despite the team already having long-term contract agreements with driver pairing Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.

Stroll’s father Lawrence owns the Racing Point team and is reportedly certain to keep his seat — leaving Perez facing the likelihood of being forced out, despite having multiple years still to run on his contract.

Autosport reported Wednesday there is speculation Perez’s deal with Racing Point may have a get-out clause that would allow the team to move him on.

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Out the door.Source:AFP

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer has previously denied the team had any interest in signing Vettel.

“It’s flattering that a four-time world champion would come to our team, but maybe that’s because the car is a bit quicker now,” he said.

“You’re absolutely right, we have long contracts with both our drivers, so it would only be logical that we don’t have space.”

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Racing Point has shown signs of improvement in 2020, but the team finished seventh in last year’s constructors championship. Perez was the team’s best driver, finishing the driver’s championship in tenth.

Both Perez and Stroll are sitting in the top half of the championship standings after the first two grands prix of the 2020 season.

The team’s form reversal in 2020 is one of the reasons Vettel, 33, has made the decision to stay in the sport, despite facing a dramatic slide down the grid.

Sky Sports Germany reports both Vettel and Racing Point are “strongly” attracted by the prospect of working together.

The report indicates an official announcement could come as early as this week.

Vettel’s chances of competing for a world championship appeared to close this week with the reports of Valtteri Bottas re-signing with Mercedes.

Reports earlier this year claimed Mercedes was open to Vettel partnering Lewis Hamilton in 2021, but Bottas’ new deal has ended the speculation of a Mercedes super-pairing.

Despite speculation Vettel would choose to walk into retirement if unable to join a championship contender, the four-time world champion appears set to join the best-of-the-rest battle in 2021.

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