Sebastian Vettel is considering the possibility of returning to motorsport, but Formula 1 is not in his plans. He is currently considering an offer to switch to endurance racing and compete in the WEC as part of British team Jota, and could turn out to be a teammate of Jenson Button and Robert Kubica.
According to the authoritative German publication Auto Motor und Sport, Jota wants the crew of one of his Porsche hybrid sports prototypes to be completely ‘starry’ by 2024, and has already made an offer to the four-time world champion.
Although Vettel has not yet decided, he still feels he is missing a race, having taken part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed program and was also keen to get back behind the wheel of his RB7, in which he won his second title in 2011 . . This time he took a spin around the Nordschleife during the Formula Nürburgring race show.
Last weekend Sebastian was in Suzuka, where he held an interesting environmental campaign, which attracted almost all World Cup riders and representatives of many teams. At that time he was asked about his future plans, and this is what he replied:
“Nothing has been signed or decided yet. But somewhere in the depths of my consciousness the thought of this had already appeared. I still have time to think, though. If at some point I realize that I cannot race without it, then I will get behind the wheel again.”
At the same time, Jota is already in negotiations with Robert Kubica – this year he will participate in the WEC in the LMP2 category for the Belgian team WRT, which is leading the championship one round before the end of the season. The Pole is not averse to driving a more powerful car, especially since there are only two classes left in the WEC next season: LMH and GT3.
But they say Jenson Button is also thinking about spending a full season in the WEC – he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he drove a specially modified NASCAR car as part of the Garage 56 project. Moreover, in the 2009 world championship year, he not only conducted preparatory negotiations with Jota’s management, but is said to have even signed a contract.
By the way, the F1 heroes of yesteryear are not the only representatives of this championship that we can see in the endurance races next year: Felipe Drugovich and Mick Schumacher are also negotiating with the WEC teams. The Brazilian works with Aston Martin as a reserve driver, while the son of the seven-time world champion performs the same duties at Mercedes.
The official WEC testing will take place in November and it is possible that Sebastian Vettel will also work on that together with Jota. Or maybe another famous racer.
Source: F1 News
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