Former F1 boss Eddie Jordan has warned Racing Point that signing Sebastian Vettel could potentially “destroy” their team ethos while questioning the four-time world champion’s ability to compete at the very top any more. Ferrari decided not to renew Vettel’s contract earlier this year, with Carlos Sainz coming in from next season to take his seat alongside Charles Leclerc.
It leaves Vettel searching for a seat next season and the 2021 field is already filling up fast.
Mercedes are expected to stick with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas while Red Bull have repeatedly suggested a reunion is off the cards.
Renault and McLaren also have their driver line-ups confirmed, leaving just a handful of teams available to Vettel.
With a seat at Ferrari, Red Bull or Mercedes extremely unlikely, Vettel may have to contend with battling in the midfield.
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Racing Point, who next year will be rebranded as Aston Martin, have emerged as the top contenders to take Vettel.
But while Jordan has good experience of bringing in veteran champions during his time as Jordan team principal, he doubts whether Vettel has the same passion to fully commit himself to the project at Racing Point.
“Of course you’d love [Vettel] in the car,” Jordan said on the F1 Nation podcast.
“I got my best results, if you like, my first ever win was with Damon Hill, and he was bordering on retiring age… So for sure, four times world champion, Vettel is a huge prize for any team.
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“But would you destroy the team that has Sergio, plus income, plus money, and a good rhythm inside the team?
“So now let’s talk about Vettel, can he rekindle a kind of sparkle and a fire and the enthusiasm and the charisma that he had? It’s going to be difficult at his age.
“Would I employ him? Probably not, because I think there’s far, far too many young kids coming through.
“One year ago, very few people would have given much credibility to the fact that Charles Leclerc would have completely destroyed him in many respects in his first year, but yet he did, and Charles will go on, probably, to be number one at Ferrari for a considerable time.
“Are you telling me, in a similar car that [Vettel] could fight toe-to-toe with Lewis Hamilton?
“At the moment, psychologically, he can’t even do that with Charles Leclerc.
“Can he do it with Lewis? I don’t think so, and that is the way that I would look at it if I was the boss of the team.”
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