Sebastian Vettel’s former boss Christian Horner believes Red Bull’s greatest driver will do no harm to his remarkable career if he took a sabbatical next year.
The 33-year-old German’s woes are well documented – he lost his Ferrari drive leaving him with no deal for next season. Furthermore, his form on track is at an all-time low, shown up by his teammate Charles Leclerc in just about every session.
“It is a shame because Sebastian is obviously not in a happy place,” Horner told the PA news agency.
“He is still relatively young, so it depends what his motivation is, but he is a four-time world champion and the third most successful driver of all time in terms of his victories. Nobody can take that away from him.”
Vettel had a stellar career with Red Bull, winning four back-to-back titles with the outfit in their heyday together and his boss believes a break will do him no harm, “If he chose to take a year out, he would still be very attractive to teams should he wish to come back in 12 months’ time.
“He doesn’t need to be in Formula 1 for the sake of being there next year. What he has achieved in this sport is quite phenomenal and I am sure he is thinking hard about his next move.
“He is carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders at the moment and that must be very tough for him,” added the Red Bull team boss.