Mike Krack admits that Aston Martin “would be foolish” not to work on extending the deal with Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel’s contract with Aston Martin is expiring this year. The German’s future remains unclear as the Silverstone-based outfit struggles at the start of the 2022 season.

Vettel confirmed that the decision regarding contract extension would be made according to the team’s performance. Krack understands Vettel’s approach.

“I’m not going to speak about contracts here but obviously if you have a driver like Sebastian Vettel, that you can keep motivated by giving him the car that deserves the quality of his driving, I think you would be foolish not to try to retain him,” the Aston Martin team principal said.

“But I 100% understand his comments. He wants to see progress, he wants to see the car moving forward, because he’s not a driver that wants to fight for P18 or P16 or whatever, so I fully understand his comments and it’s up to us to deliver the tool that is needed for him to perform.”

Krack also spoke about Vettel’s commitment to the team.

“He has a very, very competitive approach, despite the big success that he was always already having. He has a very high work ethic that I really share and that I really appreciate.

“There is no time of the day where it’s too late to work or to have some input so from that point of view, it’s a pleasure to work with him, because, first of all, he’s what I described already.

“But then also he’s a nice guy, he’s a nice fellow and he understands where our limitations are at the moment, but he doesn’t stop pushing, and he is realistic about what we do.

“So it’s a matter of trying to merge what we think we have to do, what he thinks we have to do and be open, transparent, have good conversations and move on.”

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