Porsche patient for now as Vettel faces F1 rejection

Sebastian Vettel has left Porsche in suspense as he deliberates on his potential return to top-tier motor racing. Mercedes’ Toto Wolff, who still has an open seat in Formula 1 for 2025, hinted that the retired four-time world champion is “flirting” with the idea of a comeback.

Despite this interest, a reunion with Red Bull has been dismissed for the 36-year-old German. According to Bild, Wolff does not see Vettel as a viable option to succeed Lewis Hamilton in the coming year. Oliver Reuter of the Kolner Express newspaper noted, “Sebastian Vettel has expressed his interest in a Formula 1 comeback, but nobody wants him. Despite free cockpits next season, the German cannot find a place.”

Meanwhile, Vettel’s prospects with Porsche appear more promising, following his recent test of a Le Mans-ready Porsche hypercar. However, he has not yet communicated his intentions to the German automaker regarding his future. “We have read in the media that he is in talks with several people, but we only know that he has not yet decided what he will do,” stated Urs Kuratle, Porsche’s director of factory racing. “We also do not know if he will appear with us again – or where or when. We will know in the coming weeks,” he added.

The announcement of Porsche’s complete driver lineup for the third hypercar entry at the iconic 24-hour race in 2024 has been postponed as they await Vettel’s decision. Kuratle emphasized the team’s priorities, stating, “We always look at what is best for the team. We have many good drivers.”

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