Vettel opens door for return to Red Bull in F1 next season

SPIELBERG (AP) – Sebastian Vettel would be open for a return to Red Bull next season – if his former team wants him back.

The four-time Formula One champion is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year with his future uncertain. He has said he may even retire if he doesn’t get a suitable contract offer.

Red Bull could change all that with a phone call.

“I think it’s a winning car,” Vettel said on Thursday. “I’m here to compete and I’m here to win, so probably the answer would be yes.”

Vettel won all his F1 titles with Red Bull during a highly dominant spell from 2010-13. He is still in contact with a lot of people there and thinks the team has the potential to get back to the top of F1.

But Red Bull has not confirmed its drivers’ line-up for next season, with Alexander Albon fighting to keep his place alongside the team’s number one Max Verstappen.

“I know why they were strong back then and they are still, I think, a contender and obviously it’s a car that you can win races in,” Vettel said.