The Aston Martin F1 Team are yet to announce their driver line-up for 2023, with both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll yet to put pen to paper for next season.
Stroll is all but certain to remain with the side for the next year, with his father, Lawrence Stroll, owning the team.
That leaves a seat alongside the Canadian with all eyes now on whether Vettel will continue, or if the four-time World Champion will walk away from Formula 1.
The German has admitted that he is tired of fighting just for points, and wants to make a return to battling for “victory”.
“I don’t want to fight for the points, but for the victory. Otherwise the fun is gone for me,” he said, as quoted by F1 reporter Davide Russo.
“In the coming weeks, in consultation with my family, I will be clear about how realistic my goals are and about how much energy I still have to grow with the team.”
With the summer break just two weeks away, it would be a safe bet that Vettel will make his decision during his summer away from the sport.
One thing that is for certain, though, is that Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack is desperate to keep the 53-time race winner with the team in 2023.
“I am not a fan of calling him every day and telling him what we have just done. We have to convince him with the progress and results on the track,” he said in regards to improving the AMR22 in a bid to tempt Vettel to stay.
If the Aston Martin driver was to retire at the end of the year, or move team, then rumours have already begun to circulate as to who might replace the 35-year-old.
Haas F1 Team driver Mick Schumacher, who is also yet to sign a deal for 2023, is believed to be one of the leading candidates to replace his ‘role model’.
Since joining F1, Vettel has taken Schumacher under his wing, similar to how Michael Schumacher did to the Aston Martin driver earlier in his career.
The Haas driver has been very impressive as of late, having finished eighth at the British Grand Prix, and sixth at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Despite this, Krack is adamant that “possible successors” won’t be discussed, with the team firmly set on retaining their experienced German driver.
“We do not talk about possible successors. Neither with him, nor with others. Because we want Sebastian to stay with us.”