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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team looks on prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Krack opens up on Vettel’s contract situation

Sebastian Vettel's current contract is set to run out at the end of 2023.

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Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack is “confident” in his talks with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel over a new contract. The German’s current contract is due to expire at the end of next season.

Sebastian Vettel struggled for performance during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix (Image Credit: formula1.com)

Krack has previously shut down rumours that his team were willing to replace Vettel with a younger German in Mick Schumacher, saying “We clearly have our way that we want to continue with Sebastian.”

With Lawrence Stroll ramping up his team’s their expansion process, which is seeing a hiring spree and the construction of a new factory, the Canadian billionaire is keen to keep the former Red Bull star amongst their ranks.

Although the team in green are off to a horrid start to the season, Krack believes the talks with Vettel are positive and are looking to keep hold of the German.

“We are in talks,” said Krack, speaking to Formula1.com.

“Sebastian is very positive, very constructive, so from that point of view, I really hope we can continue.

“Also, maybe the investment he has made now over two years, he should also maybe be in a position to get something from it and not hand it to someone else later.

“But we are confident we can make this a success with the talks we are having.”

Vettel to keep cracking on
Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly celebrate with sparkling wine on the podium at Baku City Circuit. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov – Pool/Getty Images)

Krack delved into Aston Martin’s poor form and is impressed with how his drivers have handled the situation, considering they were promised far more competitive cars.

“I think both drivers, we really have to say hats off, how they cope with it, how constructive they still are with us,” he said.

“There is no bad word, nothing at all. We try to do this together, try to get out together, they give us very good feedback.

“And it would be easy for them to get frustrated but this is not what happens.

“Both Lance [Stroll] and Sebastian, they are very constructive in all of the meetings and you could not sense any lack of pushing or motivation from the current situation.”

Vettel and Stroll will be looking ahead to Aston Martin’s next race as Formula 1 heads to the south of France for the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard where the German-Canadian duo will be keen to tally up more points for the team.

Vettel sits on 15 points whilst Stroll trails behind on three points, seeing the Gaydon-based team in ninth place with a lousy 18 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

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