Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel recently announced his decision to retire from Formula 1.
Being one of the most popular drivers on the circuit, the decision left fans rather disappointed, but was also one that was understandable given his recent results.
While there has been some speculation surrounding where Vettel could go after hanging up his boots from the pinnacle of motorsport, there have been suggestions that he could feature in an alternate driving series.
That is not an appealing option for F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who wants Vettel’s association with the sport to continue beyond the current season.
Domenicali admitted that he was surprised when the German driver decided to call time on his career, but insisted that he will offer him a job to ensure that he remains an important part of the racing series.
“Among other things, we talked about his decision and the future,” said Domenicali.
“Sebastian will always be associated with Formula 1. And of course we want that connection to remain close in the future.
“If he is interested in becoming part of our system and the approaches fit together, I would of course welcome him here,” Domenicali, 57, added.
“But we already know that, after the season, he wants to sort himself out and enjoy time with his family.”
What role will Vettel be offered?
German publication Sport Bild believes Vettel could be offered a role that supplements his interest in environmentalism, sustainability and technological progress.
FIA recently even agreed to one of Vettel’s demands of reducing the carbon footprint in the sport to make it healthier for drivers.
However, Domenicali wasn’t impressed with Vettel’s assessment that Formula 1 is not doing enough in terms of technological advancement.
Vettel made his point by driving a 1992 Williams and a 1922 Aston Martin at recent Grand prix events with CO2-free fuel.
“It makes a difference whether you have to get a single car prepared for one or two laps or twenty cars prepared for 70 laps and a whole season,” Domenicali said.
“We’re not behind with technology – on the contrary. We’re ahead of schedule.
“I will definitely experience environmentally-friendly fuel in Formula 1 during my lifetime.”