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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel provides update on Aston Martin contract talks

Formula 1's 'silly season' may be fast approaching but Sebastian Vettel believes that Aston Martin must first focus on progressing their car up the field before contract talks can begin.

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Sebastian Vettel admits that talks over his future with Aston Martin are not the priority, with the focus instead being on improving the team's prospects on track.

Vettel's 2022 campaign hasn't seen the smoothest of starts. The four-time World Champion missed the opening two rounds of the championship due to COVID-19, with Nico Hulkenberg filling in.

The situation wasn't much better for Aston Martin, who had the unfortunate honour of being the only team to not have scored a single point after the first three races.

Vettel then secured the squad's highest haul of points with an eighth-place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy, a result which he described as a victory for the team. He currently leads teammate Lance Stroll in the Drivers' standings, despite suffering retirements in Australia and Miami.

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has previously suggested that the British outfit are keen to retain Vettel's services, having stated that they would be "foolish" not to try to keep the driver.

Vettel says focus is on track matters

With rising speculation regarding Vettel's future in F1 – and with his current contract set to expire at the end of the year – the German was asked about how contract talks are going during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

"We haven't got into any conversations yet," Vettel told media, including RacingNews365.com.

“Obviously, it will be time at some point. But I think the main focus now is on really getting the car up and further towards the front of the grid. So all the energy at the moment is going in there."

With Monaco having formed the second half of back-to-back races after the Spanish Grand Prix – a race at which Aston Martin brought an extensive upgrade package – Vettel admits that the team have been busy with other matters.

"I mean, it was very, very tight to make the packages for Barcelona, which was just a week ago, so the whole factory was busy with other stuff to be honest," he explained.

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