Sebastian Vettel on collision course with Helmut Marko as F1 plans fail to match

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Sebastian Vettel has no plans to return to F1 yet despite Helmut Marko’s bid to turn the former world champion into a team boss. Vettel admitted it “took time” to readjust life away from the track but was finally enjoying time with his family.

Marko has tipped Vettel to return to the sport with an ambition to see the team’s former star as a team principal. Vettel told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag: “After such a long time in racing, I have something like an everyday life for the first time. It took me some time to get used to it.

“Above all, I enjoy the time with my children. It was strange at first not to be there. But I’m getting on well and following the sport with great interest.”

When pushed on when he could next be spotted in an F1 paddock, the four-time world champion simply replied: “I don’t know yet.” He added: “Let’s see what ends up being a project. But so far I’m doing very well with my decision to retire.

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“I do miss the competition and the excitement the most.” Marko first highlighted Vettel’s management skills at the end of last season as he was about to retire from Aston Martin.

The Austrian doubled down on the idea ahead of the new campaign and stressed he had even held some talks about a future career on the sidelines. He told Sky Deutschland: “It is not impossible that he will come back for a top management position.

“We had a conversation and if he could get a position like that, it could appeal to him. That became clear during the conversation. He certainly has the potential and the personality for it, but for now let’s let him plant a few trees.”

Current Red Bull team boss Christian Horner agreed with Marko’s comments as he praised Vettel’s ability out of the car.

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He remarked: “I mean, he’s a great people person. He understands the value of people and the contribution that they make to success. And I think he’s turned into somewhat of a driver counsellor in the last couple of years as well.

“So it really depends on what he wishes to apply himself to. He’s one of those guys that’s annoyingly good at anything he chooses to do.”

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