Vettel won't rush decision on future, focuses on Hamilton
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP):
Sebastian Vettel is putting thoughts of his Ferrari future on hold as he prepares to fight back against a resurgent Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver trimmed Vettel's championship lead from 20 points to just one after a brilliant win at the British GP two weeks ago. Vettel finished that race in seventh after a slow puncture late on deprived him of a seemingly certain podium finish.
Although Vettel's contract runs out at the end of this year, he says he is focusing so hard on winning the Formula One title that talks are taking a back seat.
"What's delaying it? The fact we are working hard, from the team's point, my point," Vettel said yesterday at a pre-race news conference. "For now the focus is extremely high on working on the car. A piece of paper can be signed fairly quickly, so that's not a problem."
Ferrari has intimated that the decision is in Vettel's hands and that all he has to do is say 'Yes' to a new deal.
"It's true that I haven't got a contract yet," Vettel said. "But the primary objective is not to look at papers and worry about those, but to get some good results."
Vettel did suggest that the month-long summer break, which follows this race, might be the time when a favourable decision is made.
"I don't see why not," he said when asked if he wants to continue with Ferrari, amid rumours he could replace Hamilton at Mercedes, with Hamilton potentially going the other way.