It would be about time for Mercedes to have a countryman representing their interest in Formula 1, and Vettel seems the right man for the job. While compared by many with 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher, he would make a perfect team with reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Schumacher himself admitted Vettel is a very talented driver and should not be counted out of this year's title race.
Talking about the possibility of having Vettel on board of a McLaren F1 car, Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug revealed “after that we will have to see, perhaps some day he will drive a silver arrows,” as reported by German newspaper Bild.
Vettel became the youngest driver to win an F1 race last year, when taking the chequered flag at Monza. The German made a habit out of winning wet races, as both the 2008 Italian Grand Prix and the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix were ran under heavy rain.
Vettel moved to Red Bull Racing at the end of last season, replacing Scottish veteran David Coulthard. Further information about the German's deal with his new team have not been announced by team principal Christian Horner. The British official only said Vettel will be RBR's driver for 2009, with further options onwards.
However, when the media started rumoring about Vettel's potential move to Ferrari earlier this year, RBR owner Dietrich Mateschitz revealed he will not stand in the way of his driver continuing his career elsewhere. At McLaren, Heikki Kovalainen's deal expire at the end of this season.