Sebastian Vettel linked with shock move to McLaren

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Four-time world champion driver Sebastian Vettel has contacted McLaren about the prospect of driving for the British team in 2021, according to reports in Spain.

Next season, the German will enter the final year of his current deal with Ferrari, who currently have no further plans to extend his contract.

According to the Spanish publication Marca, as per The Express, Vettel has been in contract with McLaren sports director Andreas Seidi about the prospect of taking a seat at the team for the 2021/22 championship.

Both the current McLaren drivers, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, have contracts expiring at the end of 2020, meaning that one of them could end up missing out on a drive for 2021.

Ferrari chief executive officer Louis Carey Camilleri, meanwhile, has confirmed that the Prancing Horse team were already looking at their options for the 2021/22 season, that include current world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Camilleri said: “Ferrari is very flattered Lewis in particular, and other drivers want to join us.

“We’ll look at our options at the appropriate time and see what is the best fit.”

Vettel has had a challenging Formula One championship this season, having had a difficult relationship with upcoming driver Charles Leclerc.

The pair most recently collided at the Brazilian Grand Prix, resulting in neither finishing the race.

Leclerc, who became the first teammate to finish ahead of Vettel in the Drivers' Championship since Daniel Ricciardo back in 2014, would welcome the chance of having Hamilton at Ferrari.

Leclerc said: “At the end, we are in Formula One and we want to fight against the best. “You can always learn from this type of champion – so yeah, of course.”

One thing is for sure amid all this uncertainty, there is still plenty up in the air with leading drivers about where they will be driving at the start of the 2021 campaign, and there are likely to be plenty of twists and turns to come.

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