Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has been tipped to make a shock return to the sport.
The German won all four of his world titles when he was driving for Red Bull Racing before he made the switch to represent Ferrari.
Now, Red Bull technical director Helmut Marko has said that Vettel could return to F1.
As per Planet F1, he told ServusTV: “I think Sebastian feels somehow without a specific task at the moment, doesn’t know exactly what he should do. He has to make a decision somewhere.
“I think the driver situation is not over for him yet.”
However, Marko admitted that a return to Red Bull will be unlikely.
He said: “Besides Verstappen, I honestly don’t want to do that to him. And now we have contracts. They last for a relatively long time. Perez is fixed until 2024.
“We already have an experienced driver in Daniel Ricciardo. And when Sebastian comes back, I think he just wants to be in a top team and drive for victories again.”
Vettel himself was asked about a return to F1 in a management role, he said: “I don’t know yet. Let’s see what ends up being a project. But so far I’m doing very well with my decision to retire. I do miss the competition and the excitement the most.”
Marko believes Vettel would suit such a role, speaking to Sky Germany, he said: “It is not impossible that he will come back for a top management position. We had a conversation and if he could get a position like that, it could appeal to him. That became clear during the conversation.
“He certainly has the potential and the personality for it, but for now let’s let him plant a few trees.”