Vettel Believes Ferrari ‘Should Be In Fairly Good Shape’ in Germany

Sebastian Vettel On Pole In Germany Setback For Lewis Hamilton

The reigning world champion declined an opportunity to deny that Ferrari were the only team to approach him before finally agreeing to his blockbuster two-year contract extension with Mercedes.

"Congrats", said the world championship leader.

Hamilton's deal is worth a reported US$52 million per year, cementing the British star's status as Formula One's highest paid driver and his country's top earning sportsman.

The 33-year-old Hamilton has won 65 races - 44 with Mercedes - and secured 124 career podiums.

The Briton, victor of 65 grands prix and with a record 76 career pole positions from 218 races, said on Thursday that he was still hungry for success.

"Yes, absolutely", he enthused.

"I said from day one, I'm not looking anywhere else, I'm not talking to anybody else, I'm not investigating to see what other options there are, I'm not playing you against anyone else".

"I'm literally from here". "I had a contract in place, I just didn't feel like I had to rush. The area certainly means a lot to me and it will be great to have a good weekend".

Germany, the 2014 soccer World Cup winners, failed to get beyond the group stage at the recent finals in Russian Federation in a major upset.




"Other nations are prepared to pay money".

"Germany is not ready to spend money on having the grand prix, to advertise Formula One, to advertise racing, to advertise Germany, to attract people coming here".

Vettel added that it was a pity for a car-manufacturing nation with such a prestigious heritage in motor sport to lose its Grand Prix.

But there could still be movement at Ferrari where Charles Leclerc is poised to replace Kimi Raikkonen as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate.

"I would be happy to continue like that, but it is not for me to mention, or to decide".

"Germans are a bit spoiled when it comes to that, because we've always been successful, we've always been around...but I think ultimately it's the commercial aspects that play the biggest part". He is a great guy, he is fast and he has everything.

"I'm really pleased. I love working with this team, I love the team spirit, the atmosphere in the team and everyone is pushing so hard for the results".

"The last race in Silverstone was important for us, because we had not been very strong on that track before; but it's a thing of the past now and we must focus on this one", said the German. Under the discretion of the stewards and with the help of evidence from his own team - who said the incident was premeditated - the American driver was given a four race ban and a fine for deliberately crashing into his teammate following the F2 Sprint Race.

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