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Russell Open to Vettel as F1 Teammate Amid Comeback Talk

Russell Open to Vettel as F1 Teammate Amid Comeback Talk

04/04/2024

George Russell expresses enthusiasm for Sebastian Vettel joining as a potential teammate, stirring F1 comeback speculation after Vettel’s recent motorsport activities.

Vettel retired from F1 at the end of 2022 following two disappointing years with Aston Martin.

It was only recently that he returned to competition, testing a Porsche Hypercar for potential endurance racing debuts in the WEC and/or Le Mans.

Vettel also revealed that he had conversations with Toto Wolff, hinting at a possible F1 comeback.

“I had talks with him, not really about a seat. We also briefly discussed the whole situation. But I’ve spoken to other people as well because I stay in touch with the bosses from time to time. I have projects and ideas for F1. We’ll see whether they materialize or not,” he said.

While Lewis Hamilton said today that Vettel would be “an incredible option” for Mercedes F1, Russell is equally enthusiastic about the idea.

“Sebastian is a great person, he’s a four-time world champion and it’s certain that his personality is missed on the grid. I think it’s important that we have the 20 best drivers in the world all racing for race wins and championships.”

“So, as I’ve said before… I’m really happy and open to having anyone as a teammate, you know, whether it’s a world champion or a rookie, it doesn’t change the way I conduct my business.”

“He would be an asset to the team but we know there are many other very good candidates. We will welcome whoever is chosen.”

Le Mans Now Unlikely for Vettel in 2024?

Sebastian Vettel’s highly anticipated return to the pinnacle of motorsport at Le Mans this year now seems increasingly unlikely.

Recently, his participation in Le Mans in June was considered more likely than an F1 comeback.

But Porsche is deemed to consider Vettel’s presence in its third car too risky given his lack of experience. Vettel completed two double stints and, according to engineers, it was clear that Vettel had more work to do on his consistency.

Porsche factory drivers have reportedly been informed that the third car will be driven by Mathieu Jaminet, Felipe Nasr, and Nick Tandy as initially planned.

Instead, a brand ambassador role for Vettel is possible, aiming for better preparation for Le Mans in 2025.

Russell Open to Vettel as F1 Teammate

Russell Open to Vettel as F1 Teammate Amid Comeback Talk. Russell Open to Vettel as F1 Teammate Amid Comeback Talk

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