Vettel in "no rush" to sign new Ferrari deal

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Vettel in "no rush" to sign new Ferrari deal
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Jul 27, 2017, 4:43 PM

Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel says he is in "no rush" to sign a new deal with Ferrari, even though he sees no reason not to do so.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari walks the track with Jock Clear, Ferrari Chief Engineer and Riccardo Adami, Ferrari Race Engineer
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari in the Press Conference
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari arrives on a Suzuki 750 motor bike
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

The four-time world champion is in his third season with the Italian manufacturer, and leads the title race by one point over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel has won three races and scored four more podiums in the first races of 2017, his most competitive season at Ferrari since joining the team from Red Bull.

Asked about Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne's suggestion the team is ready to renew Vettel's deal when the German wants to, Vettel replied: "I don't see why not.

"I am not in a rush. I don't think the team is in a rush. I think I have a good contact to the team, I think they would tell me otherwise. There is no problem, nothing wrong."

Before moving to Ferrari, Vettel had been a Red Bull driver throughout his single-seater career, including his run of four straight F1 titles from 2010 to 2013.

He switched to Ferrari after a win-less 2014 season in which Red Bull was hamstrung by a poor Renault engine and Vettel's new teammate Daniel Ricciardo won three races.

The British Grand Prix earlier this month was Vettel's 50th race weekend with Ferrari, although a failure on the formation lap of the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix means he will not reach a half century of starts until this Sunday in Hungary.

"I am enjoying it, being part of the Ferrari family," said Vettel. "We are all focused and determined to get Ferrari back to where it belongs.

"That is our mission, our target and our goal and that is what we are working on. It is true I haven't got a contract yet, but the primary object is not to look at papers and worry about those, it is to make sure we get some good results."

Vettel's points lead has been slashed from 25 points to one in the last four races, a spell in which the 30-year-old has finished on the podium once.

Hamilton has won two of those four races, including the previous grand prix at Silverstone, where Vettel struggled for pace and finished seventh after a late tyre failure.

Asked if he needed to react after the race in Britain, Vettel said he was "not stressing too much".

He added: "We know we have the car to fight for victory, we should look at positives rather than a race that didn't go well for us and did go well for them. You shouldn't get distracted from any short-term results.

"We were not happy with Silverstone, there were some weaknesses, but it was good for us to learn about what went wrong and we have some bits here that should help us.

"The determination and commitment is high to keep in front."

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