Sebastian Vettel says preparations for the team's 2017 car is more important than Formula 1 contract extension with Ferrari. His three-year contract will expire next season with his team principal Maurizio Arrivabene saying recently 'the German has to "earn" his place at the team beyond 2017.'
When asked about his contract extension, Vettel said, "We are all fairly busy at this time to focus on the four races we have left and to focus in particular on preparing for next year. That is where the main focus lies.
"I don't think it is that important to look into details such as my contract. It's all fine for next year. With a lot of things happening in the factory back in Maranello, I know they are busy, and that is where I want the focus to be."
The Italian manufacturer is still developing its 2016 Formula 1 racer. For 2017, there are some new aerodynamic regulations.
"I don't think we are the only ones still bringing bits to the car," Vettel said ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix at Austin. It is normal at this time if you're not fighting actively for the championship, your focus is on next year given the amount of rules that are changing.
"But still I see the point of going round, I see the point of going to the next four races, not just to try and win and be successful but also to learn about this year's car which will ultimately help you with next year's car.
"Every lap we spend, we try to spend wisely, we try to do the right thing to maximize the moment, but in particular looking forward to next year. I'm confident we are doing the right thing."