Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has added to speculation that Sebastian Vettel could join Mercedes for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Accepting that the German may elect to retire from the sport, Horner expressed his appreciation for the driver with whom he achieved four back-to-back drivers' and constructors' championship doubles.
“It’ll be a shame if Sebastian ends up leaving Formula 1, but he’s had an incredible career," Horner told The Race.
“He’s achieved huge, huge success and knowing him as I do, I’m sure he’s given this decision a huge amount of thought. He’s got great integrity, he’s got great morals and only he will know what he wants to do in the future."
However, Horner believes that the credentials of Vettel could prove too good to resist for Mercedes.
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“If he wants to continue in F1 I’m sure he won’t be short of opportunities," continued Horner. “But he’s obviously decided that his time with Ferrari will end at the end of this year, so all we can do is wish him the very, very best for the future.
Horner added: “Let’s not forget there’s a seat available at Mercedes next year, whether that would fit for both of those parties I don’t know.
“These guys have got their reasons for it and I’m not privy to that. They’re grown-ups, they make their own decisions.”
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