Sebastian Vettel isn’t ready to put a date on his retirement but he is adamant he won’t be around as long as Bernie Ecclestone.
Although just three races into this season, Vettel’s 2019 struggles have already raised questions about his future in Formula 1.
Mistakes fighting Lewis Hamilton and a need for team orders to beat his team-mate Charles Leclerc led former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to state that Vettel may be thinking about quitting F1.
The German, though, insists that’s not yet on the cards.
“I’m not going to be in Formula One as long as he was, that’s for sure,” he told RaceFans.net when told about Ecclestone’s comments.
“But I hope I’m going to be as fit and as sharp as he is today when I’m hopefully that old.
“I don’t know, to be honest.
“At the moment I feel on top of my game, I feel that I know what I’m doing. I’m very, very self-critical, very ambitious and I put a lot of expectation on to myself.
“I love driving, I love the sensation of the speed, I love fighting with these guys so there’s a lot of things that at the moment I really like and I’ll miss so that’s why it’s not an option to quit tomorrow, I’m quite happy to race.
“And then, yeah, I’ve got the contract but that’s a piece of paper and then we see what happens.”
Vettel’s Ferrari contract expires at the end of the 2020 season.
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