Sebastian Vettel says "time will tell" as to whether he stays with Aston Martin - or racing at all - beyond the end of the 2022 F1 season.
The four-time World Champion has not won a race since 2019 and now finds himself fighting amongst the midfield.
Vettel's Australian Grand Prix weekend ranked amongst his worst in the sport but the German driver fared much better at the Emilia Romagna GP.
His move to the well-funded Aston Martin outfit is yet to offer rewards but, with the team aiming to compete at the front as soon as possible, Vettel admits he is assessing his options, with his deal set to expire at the end of 2022.
Vettel: I want to be winning in F1 again
"In all honesty, I had an amazing 15 years or so, looking back, and I was in a position to win championships and win a lot of races, fight for pole positions, get a lot of podiums, and obviously the taste was great," explained Vettel, speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
"It's not a secret that if you're not in a position to be there that it's a different taste. You need to find a different sort of motivation.
"But yeah, I think you know, ultimately, I'm willing to be tasting the same again. That's the nature of the sport.
"For some of the guys in the room, it's a little bit different, because they're still very early in their careers and they didn't have a team or a car yet where they were able to show what they can do, so it's clearly a different position."
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Vettel sees a lot at Aston Martin that is "very impressive"
At 34, Vettel still feels youthful and fit enough to prolong his F1 career in the hope that Aston Martin will one day be able to provide him with a race-winning car, but first he must ask himself if he sees that eventuality coming.
"That is, I think, one of the big deciders, but the team is growing, there's a lot of things that look very, very promising," he said.
"The answer is: time will tell. There will be key things that I will be looking at, to see how promising it is looking in the future and how soon. I'm not really old, I think I have physically a lot of years left, [so] that's not a problem at all.
"I think that's ultimately the goal, to win and fight for podiums and victories, which currently we're far away [from] but, as I said, there's plenty of work [going in], so that's also very exciting to know where we are now and to take the little steps, and define the path for the future."
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