Vettel: Happiness, not money, key to new Ferrari F1 deal

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says money "is not the most important thing" in his discussions with Ferrari about a new contract

Vettel: Happiness, not money, key to new Ferrari F1 deal

While 2019's breakout star Charles Leclerc signed a long-term contract extension with Ferrari, keeping him at Maranello until the end of '24, Vettel's future at the team is less certain as his current deal expires at the end of '20.

Vettel, who joined Ferrari in '15, has been in talks with the Scuderia over a new contract in recent weeks.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto stated in February's Barcelona pre-season test he was confident Ferrari and Vettel "will come very soon to an agreement."

In an interview with Autosport, the four-time world champion said: "It depends what's important to you, what drives you.

"And that's fair. If money is your motivator then it can drive you very far, and make you very successful.

"There's a lot of sportsmen, businessmen that thrive for money. I think the question really is whether people have a sense of enough.

"That's not just valid for Formula 1.

"We are putting our life in a way also on the line, then you need to show some appreciation for that.

"Our careers also are shorter than some other careers. I think the really important thing is that you are happy, that's the key.

"Obviously, F1 is a bit of a circus and a spoiled circus, because they have a lot of money involved and money tends to spoil people.

"I think on average that's true. But the question is, like I said, if you have a sense of enough."

Vettel, who turns 33 this summer, revealed he is also pondering his future after F1.

He doesn't rule out racing in other championships following the conclusion of his F1 career, which started in 2007.

"If I'm realistic, I'm not going to be here in ten years," he added.

"So I think this is something you naturally start to think about.

"I think I'm in a very fortunate position that I can probably try and do a lot of things, once I have decided to stop racing in F1.

"Maybe race something else, maybe do something different in motorsport or do something completely different outside.

"I have some ideas, but I haven't decided. I'm quite relaxed."

The latest issue of Autosport magazine includes an in-depth feature looking at Sebastian Vettel's current situation at Ferrari - where he feels he still has a "mission" to complete.

As well as dealing with the ever increasing threat from his young superstar team-mate Charles Leclerc, Vettel must now help Ferrari recover its position in the Formula 1 pecking order when the 2020 season does get underway.

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