Sebastian Vettel signs Ferrari contract extension amid confusion about Mercedes talks

Posted August 28, 2017

While Raikkonen has had his Ferrari seat confirmed, championship leader Sebastian Vettel has yet to make a decision on where his future may lie - although, so long as Lewis Hamilton remains with Mercedes, it is hard to imagine Vettel leaving the Scuderia.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton clinched his career third victory at the hallowed Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium Sunday.

"I want the next nine (races) to all be (perfect)", he said.

The German driver, who was out of contract at the end of this season after joining from Red Bull in 2015, penned a new deal until the end of 2020 this weekend.

Schumacher Jnr will drive a Benetton B194, the vehicle in which his dad won six of the first seven races before, controversially, beating Damon Hill to the championship in Adelaide.

"I have had the privilege of racing with him from karting days in Kerpen to on the track [in F1] and always admired him and still do today". So I didn't want to be too far either.

The Briton trails Sebastian Vettel by 14 points ahead of the Belgian GP but Spa represents an opportunity to close the gap with the circuit appearing to play to Mercedes' strengths.

"It works [with Valtteri] so I don't think any of the bosses or any individual in the team is unhappy with what is now in place so I find it hard to believe they would change that".

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The three-time F1 champion was already ahead when he went even faster with a final lap for Mercedes, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel limited the damage with a fine lap to join Hamilton on the front row.

The safety auto was deployed on the 30th of 44 laps and stayed out for four while marshals cleared up debris from a collision between Force India's Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon.

"I don't know what Niki was asked, but at the end of the day you cross each other out there in the paddock, and sometimes you're like, 'What are you doing?" We had very good pace, if you compare this track with Silverstone.

"There is no news yet and the main focus now is not to focus on news", Vettel added.

"I didn't apply pressure, it could come soon, it could take time - being there".

"Now, to think I have equalled him on poles is very surreal and very much a humbling experience, particularly knowing that Michael is such a legend".

For now, though, fans of Ferrari actually winning this year can breathe easy and rejoice a bit.