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Vettel never a consideration for McLaren

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15/05/2020

McLaren boss, Zak Brown has revealed that Sebastian Vettel was never a consideration for his team following his split with Ferrari, and, other than retirement, believes the only realistic berth for the German moving forward is Renault.

"Obviously Seb's an awesome driver and a four-time champion," he told Sky Sports. "But I think we were pretty far down the path in the off-season and knew we would either land with Daniel or Carlos.

"We never really entertained anyone beyond that, and especially with Seb's late breaking news – we were pretty far down the path at that point."

With his options limited, at least for now, Brown agrees with those who claim the German will walk away from the sport at season end. Though there is always Renault.

"If Seb looks around, it doesn't look like there's a Mercedes or Red Bull opportunity for him, there's not a McLaren opportunity for him, clearly not at Ferrari, so the next best is Renault," he said.

"And the next question is does Seb want to go with a team that is probably not going to win in 2021?

"It's a great team," he added, "and they too should be moving up the grid but I think unless Seb wants to restart a journey with a team that's back on a journey, then I think he'll end up probably leaving the sport unfortunately."

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1. Posted by 4-Wheel Drifter, 16/05/2020 18:00

"Four WDCs and a winning smile for his detractors will be missed given that, except for the Dutchman, Daniel R. and the Ice Man, the rest are more or less successful corporate hacks.
I, personally, hope he takes a ride in the mid-field so he and Kimi can actually race because, as the Finn so succinctly said, "I know what I'm doing," that is he's racing. And watching the German and the Finn will be more fun than the boring chaps on the podium. Maybe, though, next year Red Bull will get back some of the old glory and Ferrari and the Silver Arrows will have to smile through gritted teeth. And, if they are not joking about Spa, we might even get a good race this year. Max v. Lewis and Seb v. LeClerc might be a good show. But, in the end, maybe the virus will be good for racing if not for F1. If Ferrari and Mercedes pull out and they overhaul the ridiculous rules to allow some hot-rodders to race (remember Lotus? and Williams? remember McLaren? I'd love to see an open wheel series that prohibited "Factory Teams" Formula Outlaw! I'd even pay to watch real racing. "

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2. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 15/05/2020 17:09

"Vettel would be welcome at Racing Point - Aston Martin or back at Red Bull replacing Alexander Albon.

Becoming an AM works team; it provides both Vettel and team a good foundation to build upon. Unless Lance shows greatness this season, I think his seat is not so assured in the future."

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