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F1: Vettel’s goodbye which opens a new bargaining chip for Alonso

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“There are two sides to every conversation and I would not put a gun to anyone’s head,” says the Spaniard, who has yet to define his future in the Alpine.

Vettel in Aston Martin’s ‘hospitality’ at Hungaroring.EFE
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Nearly four years ago, after finishing his fourth season at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel He began toying with the idea of ​​retreating. They got married a few months later Hannah Prater, his lifelong girlfriend and saw the birth of their third child. The option of goodbye would never disappear from his head, though it certainly only materialized yesterday, Wednesday. And it was he himself who had convinced his team, so far in the night, that he would have a four-time champion for the next season. The Formula 1 driver market suddenly turned upside down in Hungaroring.

Shortly before noon, Vettel gave an emotional speech at the Aston Martin garage. He confirmed, “We all felt that he spoke to us from the heart and he didn’t play a part. Few tears were shed, even by the most veterans.” Andrew Stevenson, Sports Director of the British team. it was goodbye SEBIAbsolute dominance of the World Cup between 2010 and 2013, the man who disappointed two titles Fernando AlonsoYoungest champion in F1 history: 23 years, four months and 11 days.

Vettel said in his statement, “The way I did and the way I thought was right is not conducive to my desire to be a good father and husband to my passion.” On July 4, he turned 35, six years younger than the two-time Spanish champion. However, her ambition was far from Alonso’s. And the results were still not together: 15 points in 10 races [en las dos primeras debi ceder su asiento a Nico Hulkenberg por culpa del covid],

find an alternative

Lawrence Strow, Aston Martin’s owner, told him to make a decision before the summer break, to give him enough time to look for a possible replacement. Behind closed doors, Vettel always campaigned mike schumacher, which is in its second year at Haas, where it has accomplished some notable performances (Silverstone and Spielberg). “He is one of those who continues to learn when others abandon him,” he remarked about the son on more than one occasion. cassero,

However, other names revolve around it paddock, From Hulkenberg, a reserve driver who will take the wheel of the AMR 22 during Pirelli testing at the Hungaroring, to Alonso himself, who has yet to resolve his future with Alpine. “My priority is to continue with this project, which we have been working on for two years and where we are increasingly competitive,” Asturian said on Thursday without closing the competition doors completely. “All teams with free seats are an option,” he warned.

Alonso’s track record and his vast technical background are in line with what Stroll wants for his team. In fact, in mid-2020, the Canadian billionaire already tried to sign the double winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “When we talked, at the time they were called Racing Point, they were very competitive and won the race,” Fernando admitted on Thursday.

“It takes 10 minutes”

in conversation with laurent rossi You Otmar SzafnauerThe move to Alpine’s top managers, Aston Martin, could be of great value to Alonso. “It takes 10 minutes when two sides want to agree. But there are two sides and I wouldn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head”; Commented Asturian, who has already scheduled several videoconferences with the French team chiefs during his vacation.

A settlement with Alpine seems more likely as the last few weeks approach. In any case, if the matter turns out to be short, Rossi and Szafner will at least be able to offer a seat. Oscar PiastriYoung Australian talent who has been trying to find a place on the grid for months.

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