Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner mentioned there have been feelers put out to convey Sebastian Vettel again slightly than signing Sergio Perez.
Vettel loved probably the most profitable stint of his Method 1 profession with Crimson Bull, profitable 4 Drivers’ Championships in a row from 2010-13 as a part of the crew, Crimson Bull additionally profitable the Constructors’ title in all 4 of these seasons.
And having left the crew on the finish of 2015 to hitch Ferrari, later adopted by a transfer to Aston Martin, Vettel has now confirmed that the 2022 marketing campaign might be his ultimate in Method 1.
Lately Crimson Bull have one other homegrown star main the way in which in Max Verstappen, with Sergio Perez lining-up on the opposite aspect of the storage.
Perez has been a part of the crew since 2021, however Horner was requested by Channel 4 whether or not Crimson Bull made efforts to re-sign Vettel as an alternative choice to Perez.
Horner mentioned that there have been some discussions, however he in contrast such a state of affairs to going again to an ex-girlfriend, so a reunion would by no means have felt the identical as earlier than.
“We had just a few exploratory talks,” Horner revealed. “However it might be a bit like going again to an outdated girlfriend, it might most likely by no means be fairly the identical second time round.
“What we achieved collectively was so outstanding. It was such an exceptional factor and that may at all times be a part of our historical past, and we’re tremendously proud to have had him as a part of our crew.”
Horner mentioned he was not conscious that Vettel deliberate to retire on the finish of 2022 earlier than he introduced his determination, although does imagine it to be the precise one.
As a part of the Aston Martin crew, Vettel has not often had the automobile beneath him to compete any greater than the midfield, a spot the place Horner mentioned it was not good to see his former driver.
Requested if he knew that Vettel was retiring, Horner replied: “I don’t assume anyone did, I noticed him as he left the paddock in Paul Ricard and it had been clearly a irritating day for him.
“However I feel it’s the precise determination for him, it’s not good seeing him run round within the midfield, I don’t assume he’s getting any satisfaction from that, the time is true to attract the curtain on what has been a tremendous profession.”
On the Monday after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was introduced as Vettel’s Aston Martin substitute from 2023.