Vettel signs new multi-year deal with Ferrari

Hope Soto
August 28, 2017

He was pleased with his first season with the team in a relatively competitive vehicle when he won three races and finished third in the world championship.

The re-start proved a key moment of the race, with both Hamilton and Vettel on fresh tyres after pitting but with the German on the faster ultra-softs that threatened to give him an advantage over the softs. "Mentally I'm ready for whatever comes and the team have shown, particularly in the last race, just how unified we are". "We had good pace compared to Silverstone - I'm looking forward to our home race".

While the move could potentially be very costly in the context of the Formula 1 world championship where Hamilton trails Vettel by 11 points, for the Briton it epitomised his relationship with his teammate.

However, the hierarchy within the Mercedes team were at loggerheads as to whether they spoke to Vettel about joining their team.

Lewis Hamilton took issue with Formula One's race direction on Sunday, suggesting the safety auto was deployed for longer than necessary at the Belgian Grand Prix to make the race more exciting.

But asked if he had considered a move to Mercedes - having reportedly discussed it with Mercedes' management - Vettel was ambiguous. People talk about a legend and this legend is still alive because of the people that work for it day in and day out. "It has never been more than chatting, mostly about other stuff to be honest".

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The 68th pole position for the Mercedes driver drew him level in the record books with seven-time champion Schumacher whose congratulations were conveyed to him immediately afterwards by former Ferrari and Mercedes technical director Ross Brawn. "I've been talking for a while with Ferrari, my intention was to stay".

The 2017 F1 season resumes in Belgium this weekend with all eyes on Lewis Hamilton as he continues his chase of Sebastian Vettel at the head of the standings.

"We were not allowed to do anything for two weeks, but now our engineers are in demand", he said. "It's a long time; a lot of things can happen".

Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes and Nico Hulkenburg stood at the sixth spot.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher did not take his first F1 pole until the 1994 Monaco GP, almost three years after joining the field, with his last coming at the 2006 French GP.

The 32-year-old Hamilton has another year left to run on his Mercedes contract.

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