Vettel has an out after 2013, but doesn’t seem inclined to use it

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Two stories today dovetail into pretty much the status quo: Apparently, Sebastian Vettel’s contract with Red Bull, which lasts through 2014, does include an out for both him and the team after next season.

At the same time, Vettel has said he can’t really imagine being anywhere else. I’ll assume wind of the out clause (via Bild) piqued Autosport’s interest enough to check in with the two-time Formula 1 champ. Here’s what he told them:

“I’ve been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career. It is difficult to imagine another kind of life if you are so used to it.

“It would be like when you turn 18, 19 and move out of your family’s home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don’t want to move on to anywhere else.”

I suppose we all can wonder if Ferrari has the juice to pull off this scenario: Grab Mark Webber for a year and then slot Vettel in after him. Seems fairly far-fetched.

Vettel also wades into the debate about whether F1 is too unpredictable this season:

“If you look back ten years, there was heavy criticism of a boring F1 because of Michael (Schumacher) winning all the time. Now we hear F1 is unpredictable and a lottery.

“You cannot satisfy all people every time, but I think we have a good show, a lot of overtaking, good action now. There is more tension – for people who watch and for us inside the cars. I think I like the way it goes, however, we have to be careful not to create something artificially.”

I’m 212% in this camp; not having a solid idea who is going to win or even fill out the front couple of rows after qualifying seems nothing but exciting to me. I understand the need for lasting rivalries, and that if top teams are down that can hurt things a bit, but I don’t see that happening here. The “haves” are still strong; it’s just that the “sort of haves” are stronger, and have closed in on the top.

I don’t know how that’s not good for the sport.


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