La F1 would be left without two champions in 2022 if a rumor that circulated the weekend of the Italian Grand Prix. Is that the finnish Kimi Raikkonen, who has already confirmed his departure, could join the German Sebastian Vettel.
A few days ago Aston Martin, a team that has the German as a pilot, had to go to the crossing on a rumor that indicated that they had tested the Spanish Fernando Alonso -ratified in Alpine- to replace Seb, who won the title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Although from the team of Lawrence stroll It was stated that the talks with Vettel were well under way, in Monza it was known that the option to renew the contract for one more year expires this Wednesday September 15.
With the deadline approaching and without major news, many speculate that Vettel, 34, would have chosen to hang up his helmet and follow in the footsteps of Raikkonen, monarch in 2007 and currently competing for Alfa Romeo.
In the case of the Nordic his replacement has already been confirmed: none other than his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, who will give his place in Mercedes to the English George Russell.
While Aston Martin could go to his wild card: the German Nico Hulkenberg, which already saved his potatoes in 2020 when the team, which ran like Racing Point, he should have replaced the Mexican Sergio Pérez and the canadian Lance stroll when they were both low due to coronavirus.
In the middle of the Italian GP weekend, Vettel and Aston Martin spoke of this situation and both parties affirmed that, in principle, everything is well under way and that there would be an announcement "early".
“I really enjoy working with the team. I think the atmosphere is great and his future is very, very bright. I am not worried. I feel like we will have an answer soon ", fired the pilot.
“We want Sebastian to stay. We are discussing some details. There is not much time to define and soon we will know what will happen "added Otmar Szafnauer, team-manager of the British team.
The truth will be known, surely, in a few hours.