Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he will start to consider
his future with Ferrari in the summer break, once a busy period of the
season is concluded.
The World Championship leader is out of contract at the end of the
season and was reportedly given a deadline until the Italian Grand Prix
to decide whether he wanted to extend his stay with the Scuderia.
However, Vettel is unaware of such a deadline, but will use the
summer as his first real chance to think about where he will be racing
in 2018 and beyond.
"I don't know if there is actually a deadline, maybe I should ask somebody!" Vettel said.
"Normally the contract starts from the first of January and expire on
the 31st of December so the deadline is probably the 31st of December.
That's I think how long the current one lasts, I'm not sure.
"I think at the moment we're at a very busy stage of the season with a lot of races coming up in a short time.
"I think in the summer, maybe we have a bit more time."
Vettel did suggest, though, that his first preference would be to stay at Ferrari, a team where he feels very "comfortable".
"This is a very important year for us," he added.
"We are working well and things are coming together. We are starting to
see some of the results of what we tried to put into place a while ago.
"Hopefully this is just the beginning and there is a lot more to come. I feel very comfortable."