Reading two driver rumors articles today, I am reminded that contracts in Formula 1 must be some of the most malleable documents in the legal world given the rate at which teams and drivers can move in and out of the deals they sign.
The first is probably not a huge surprise. Mercedes has two seats available for 2021 and one of them most likely has Lewis Hamilton’s name on it but there was debate as to if the team would re-sign Valtteri Bottas. After a terrific win in the season opener in Austria and a second place in the Styrian GP, perhaps the rumor os his new contract is all rather pedestrian.
The prevailing scuttlebutt about Sebastian Vettel being of interest isn’t materializing and to be honest, Valtteri is delivering exactly what the team need him to deliver given their number one driver is winning titles. I am intrigued that not many in the press were mentioning George Russell and that’s unfortunate.
Speaking of Vettel, the new rumor is that he and the Racing Point team are in discussions about a move to the team for 2021 when they re-brand as Aston Martin. Mercedes power their cars, road and F1 to be exact, and they may be happy with a 4-time champion joining the team and becoming an Aston Martin road car ambassador.
Sergio Perez has a longterm contract but the suggestion, via Bild newspaper, is that the deal is close to being done. So is there a break clause that would allow them to jettison Perez? After this week’s performance in Austria, that would be a real slap in the face and was that performance inspired by the possible thought of losing his ride?
To be honest, I know the owner’s son, Lance Stroll, is the other driver but if it were me, I would keep Sergio and sign Sebastian in a heartbeat and let Lance drive elsewhere or move him to the sports car series in an Aston Matin. That’s jut me, though.