Aston Martin’s Formula 1 team wants to continue for years with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The contract of the 34-year-old German driver, who came over from Ferrari at the end of last year, will expire after this season. However, both parties have been discussing the future for some time now.
“We are very happy with Sebastian,” said Lawrence Stroll, the wealthy Canadian owner of the stable. “We are committed to continuing with him next year and beyond.” However, Vettel is in no rush to re-sign for the time being. The German is in twelfth place in the World Cup with 35 points.
The 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 world champions (all achieved at Red Bull) came second in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, he also often finished outside the points.
Vettel forms the driver duo at Aston Martin with Lance Stroll, the son of the team owner. The Canadian is one place below the German in the World Cup with 24 points.
Aston Martin announced on Tuesday that it had started construction on a new factory for the Formula 1 team, near the Silverstone circuit. The headquarters, including a wind tunnel, should be ready in a year and a half.