Despite his dwindling options, Christian Horner says it is entirely Sebastian Vettel’s “choice” to continue in Formula 1 or retire.
After 12 full seasons racing in Formula 1, which included four World titles and 53 grands prix wins, Vettel is facing a tough decision: stay or go.
Last week the Ferrari announced that he would be leaving the Scuderia after the 2020 championship after the two parties realised they no longer had a “common desire” to work together.
Already Mercedes has said no to the German with Toto Wolff saying he is focused on his crop of Mercedes drivers while Red Bull has also shut the door.
With McLaren signing Daniel Ricciardo to take Carlos Sainz seat when the Spaniard replaces Vettel at Ferrari, that leaves Renault as Vettel’s top pick.
The Enstone team, though, is by no means a race winning outfit these days.
It is, however, the one option available to Vettel that should mean regular top-ten finishes and maybe even a podium or two.
With his options for a top drive pretty much null and void, Vettel could yet decide that 2020 is not only his final season with Ferrari, but his last in Formula 1.
His former team boss Horner says it is entirely up to the 32-year-old.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Red Bull boss said: “That ultimately is his choice.
“He’s still relatively young, he’s in his early 30s. If he chose to stay, he’s obviously still very competitive.
“That’s entirely down to him, and nobody will know that apart from Sebastian what his choices are.
“He’s got strong values, he’s got strong integrity, and I’m sure he will have thought long and hard about this.
“Whether he chooses to continue or not, he’s achieved a huge amount during his time in F1.
“Four World Championships, he’s one of the most successful drivers of all-time.”
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