After he decided to leave the Ferrari team in 2020, there was a lot of talk about Sebastian Vettel's return to Red Bull. It looked like the Austrian could continue his career there, but now he has revealed the whole story.
“I made the decision to join Aston Martin before I think it was really in discussion that Alex is going to leave,” said Vettel for motorsport.com “So it was never really close. But of course, I know, Christian, I know Helmut.
So for sure, I had a brief chat with them, but never really anything serious." There were some 'small' conversations, but nothing concrete happened. He is happy that he chose the right team. “And I also knew that if it was, if it would have been an option or serious, we would have at least talked about it.
But it never came to that point. “So obviously, a couple of months later, you could look back and say what if, and so on. But I'm happy with the choice I made”.
Vettel will leave Aston Martin at the end of this season.
He is not satisfied with the current results, but he has accepted the situation as such and still hopes for some changes until the end. “We expected that we will be more competitive last year and this year, but we were not,” said Vettel.
“I’m very happy with the way the team has progressed and [how] we are working together. So obviously it's not the dream coming true, racing in the positions we are racing, but it's been a challenge. “I think I've accepted it and tried to make the most of it”.
It is still not known what he will do after the end of his career and whether he has any other plans. The Austrian himself is indecisive, and his decisions will depend on the situation. Vettel is certainly a legend of this sport and a man who has done a lot.
“Time will tell what will be something that is possible to do, if there is an offer of any such nature or not,” he said. “Then I will see how I feel. At the moment, I’m quite happy to spend more time on other things and look forward to seeing the kids more and stuff like that.
“Then time will tell whether I get bored within three months or three years. I don't know. So we will see”.