Sebastian Vettel has been continuously linked with a switch to Mercedes for the 2021 F1 season after he announced he would be leaving Ferrari. With most other seats taken, Vettel could end up alongside Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes have yet to extend Hamilton’s contract and there remain questions over what Valtteri Bottas will do next season.
Vettel has all the credentials needed to driver for the reigning world champions.
But Nick Heidfeld believes it would be unrealistic for the current Ferrari ace to end up at the Silver Arrows.
“It is a shame, but going to Mercedes is not realistic,” he told Sky in Germany.
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“It is interesting to hear that Toto Wolff analyses the qualities and not the nationality.
“A German team, of course, would like to have Vettel for marketing, but in my opinion Hamilton and Vettel will never be able to share a team.”
Heidfeld believes nobody would get anything out of Vettel and Hamilton teaming up at Mercedes.
He added: “No one would benefit from the signing of Vettel by Mercedes.
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“He would go to a team that is completely in the hands of Hamilton, who is also in top form.
“It is not ideal for Vettel, but it would not be good for Hamilton to have such a team-mate either.
“Mercedes wouldn’t want the two to be together either. That causes a lot of commotion and I just don’t see what’s going to happen.
“But we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I haven’t talked to Vettel, so I don’t know what he’s going to do.”
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Vettel is a four-time F1 world champion but there are a lack of options for him on the grid.
Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and Racing Point all look set on their driver line-ups for next season.
There is a vacancy at Renault following the announcement Daniel Ricciardo will replace Carlos Sainz at McLaren with the Spaniard taking Vettel’s seat at Ferrari.
Fernando Alonso has been linked with a return to the sport with Renault his most likely option.
That could mean Vettel either joins Mercedes or is forced to leave the sport for 2021 and possible end his career altogether.
F1 is currently tentatively scheduled to start in July with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
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