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No talks between Vettel and Szafnauer over Aston Martin seat


The German is to leave Ferrari at the end of 2020.

Sebastian Vettel has had no conversations with Otmar Szafnauer about racing for Aston Martin in 2021.

Vettel is to leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Formula 1® season, which is finally set to get underway in Austria next month after the coronavirus delayed the start of the campaign.

There has been much discussion over Vettel's future, with Racing Point - which will become Aston Martin in 2021 - viewed as a potential destination for the four-time world champion.

Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, Racing Point boss Szafnauer expressed his satisfaction with their driver line-up of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.

He said: "I can't speak for Seb but we all know what a great job he's done.

"He won early on in the Toro Rosso which was fantastic, and four world championships. He's had some great races and I think at his relatively young age of 33 he still has some good years left in him. But that's not for me to say.

"We're really happy with our driver line-up and they're signed up as well, they work well together. We've got Checo [Perez], who, on a Sunday is as good as anyone. He's a very calculated, very clever, good racer, looks after his tyres.

"Lance is much younger than Sergio and learning very quickly, but very, very fast. He has great starts, and when he's in the thick of it, can race really well. And he's learning.

"I think eventually Lance will overtake Sergio and having that combination of young and experience is perfect for us.

"Seb and I have been friends for a long time, even before he was a Formula 1® driver I knew him, and ironically he hasn't called me, so I haven't had the conversation."