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Vettel gives update on F1 future as he shuts down 'rumours'

As the 2022 F1 season moves into its second half, Sebastian Vettel has shed further light on his contract talks with Aston Martin.

Sebastian Vettel has given an update on his thoughts over his F1 future, as well as addressing some "rumours" about his next steps. The Aston Martin driver's current contract is up for renewal at the end of 2022, and he has previously indicated that he would use the upcoming weeks to discuss his plans with his family . When asked if there was any further news ahead of the French Grand Prix, Vettel hinted that there is an "intention" to continue. "I'm racing this weekend, and the next one," he quipped to media, including RacingNews365.com . "Obviously I've said that at some point, we will start to talk. I'm talking to the team. "I think there's a clear intention to keep going, and we'll see soon where we stand."

Vettel addresses "rumours" about F1 future

Vettel was also quizzed on speculation linking him to a possible move to McLaren in the future should Daniel Ricciardo no longer be racing for the team. Ricciardo recently made a statement about his intention to remain with the team in 2023 , and Vettel joked about the rumours over his own future: "I think Lando [Norris] has a contract. "I know some people there, but I think it's just rumours."

What Vettel hopes for at the French GP

In terms of the current season, it was a tough weekend for Vettel and Aston Martin at the Austrian Grand Prix, but the four-time World Champion is hopeful that the team can have a more competitive weekend in France at the Circuit Paul Ricard. "I'm looking forward [to it]," Vettel explained. "We brought an update to Silverstone that we didn't fully get on top of yet, and maybe this weekend will help us to get more answers. "[It's] exciting and I hope we can be a bit more competitive, to get back in the midfield and therefore get more back in the mix. That would be nice. "The track's what it is. It's not the most exciting track in the world, but still quite challenging and technically demanding."

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