Formula 1 icon Sebastian Vettel avoids denying hot return rumors

Will four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel return to the big motorsport stage soon? The Heppenheimer has now commented on recent speculation that he could be back in the car in October – and avoided a denial.

Sebastian Vettel could be competing for race victories in professional motorsport again in just a few weeks. The trade magazine “auto motor sport” picked up on speculation from France that the 36-year-old could be seen in the sports car world championship in the future.

Vettel is said to have received a concrete offer from the British Jota team, as it was recently said. There could be a test drive with an LMP2 car in Spain in the near future. The highlight of the Sports Car World Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Vettel: “Nothing has been signed yet”

When asked by “auto motor sport” about a possible switch to the endurance series, Sebastian Vettel replied in a noticeably evasive manner: “Nothing has been signed or decided so far, but I have the matter in the back of my mind. I still have time to decide .” So this doesn’t sound like a denial.

The 299-time Formula 1 starter, who was back at Formula 1 last weekend in Suzuka for the first time since his retirement, had repeatedly revealed himself as a fan of endurance races and especially the classic Le Mans during his active times. In recent years, however, Vettel has mainly pursued topics away from the racetrack, such as motorsport’s use of sustainable fuels.

With a view to a comeback, Vettel said: “If at some point I come to the conclusion that it doesn’t work without racing, then I will drive again.”

Meanwhile, the Heppenheimer is not the only German pilot who is currently associated with the WEC. Mick Schumacher could also drive in the World Endurance Championship in 2024. Bruno Famin, vice president of Alpine Motorsport and interim team boss of the Formula 1 racing team, confirmed in Suzuka that he was in talks with the 24-year-old about a possible involvement in the WEC.