“And that’s why this year around, I wouldn’t want to live comment about the status of our negotiations or discussions. They’re happening. I don’t know when we’re going to announce.”
Mercedes’ decision to stick with Hamilton and Bottas, which CEO Ola Kallenius gave his blessing to earlier this month, means Vettel is highly unlikely to have a seat in F1 next season.
Red Bull team principal Toto Wolff ruled out signing Vettel on Friday, while Renault and McLaren’s driver line-ups are settled for 2021.
Racing Point are, meanwhile, poised to stick with Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll when they rebrand as Aston Martin next year.
Seats at AlphaTauri, Haas, Williams and Alfa Romeo might be available for 2021 but they are all unappealing drives for a racer of Vettel’s stature.
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