Marko: I told Vettel to take a year off

Helmut Marko, Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel would have been better served by taking a one-year sabbatical than joining Aston Martin for 2021, says Red Bull’s Helmut Marko.

Set to depart Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season for the Silverstone outfit, Vettel’s final season with the Scuderia has been anything but storybook, with him currently sitting 13th in the driver’s standings.

For Marko, who worked alongside the German at Red Bull when he won four-straight Formula 1 driver’s championships from 2010-13, it is an exit “unworthy” of his talents, and perhaps an indicator he needs some time off.

“I advised him to take a break for a year”, Marko told Sport1. “He could recharge himself in the meantime and then return with a new impetus and focus on the opportunities that 2022 would offer.”

Currently 13th in the driver’s championship, Vettel’s last season with Ferrari is likely to be his worst since his rookie year in 2007, with Marko arguing the Scuderia should have done better by their driver.

According to Marko, there could have been better seats available elsewhere had he waited.

“I think that a few seats could become available for 2022. He wanted to stay in the picture and thinks he has a good chance of finishing on the podium with Aston Martin.

“In my view, that is quite realistic,” said the Red Bull motorsport boss, but whether he can also win? I doubt that based on the car. I hope this new direction will work well for him.”