Sebastian Vettel says he has no regrets about signing for Aston Martin F1 instead of waiting to see if he can rejoin Red Bull for the 2021 F1 season.
During the Belgian Grand Prix at the weekend, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed that the team had “exploratory conversation” with Vettel replacing Alex Albon in 2021.
“We had an exploratory discussion,” Horner said. “But it would be like reuniting with an old girlfriend, maybe it won’t be the same the second time around.”
“What we achieved together was incredible. It was incredible and will always be a part of our history, and we are very proud to have him on our team.”
Vettel had not been given an extension by Ferrari even before the start of the Covid-shortened 2020 season. He was eventually signed by Aston Martin, while Red Bull decided to miss Albon at the end of the year, and finally chose Sergio Perez.
Reflecting on the decision to sign for Aston Martin instead of a possible return to Red Bull, Vettel spoke at Monza.
“I made the decision to join Aston Martin before I thought it was difficult for Alex and he was going to leave, so it wasn’t too close but of course I know Christian. [Horner]I know Helmut well [Marko].”
“I had a brief conversation with them but it was never anything serious and I also knew that if a big opportunity came up we would at least talk, but it never got to that point. A few months after things changed and if… if I didn’t sign Aston… Who says Christian didn’t like him Sergio than me? But I’m happy with the choice I’ve already made.”
“I expected us to be more competitive last year and this year, but we haven’t, I’m happy with how the team has progressed and we’re working together. It’s not a dream for them yet but the team is on the right track.”