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Many expected Sebastian Vettel to put pen on paper as soon as Ferrari offered him a new contract, but it appears like the two parties are some way off as far as a decision on his future is concerned.

Finnish newspaper Ilta Sanomat claims that while the Italian outfit is keen to tie the German star driver down for the next 3 years, the four-time world champion is only open to committing for the 2018 season.

The report goes on to claim that the major reason behind Vettel’s reluctance in signing for a three-year period is the fact that he wants to keep his options open for 2019, when Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires.

Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, a couple of journalists had quizzed Vettel about his future, asking whether there was any hesitation from his side in signing for Ferrari.

At the time, the German had insisted that there was no issue between himself and Ferrari and that contract talks would wait until the summer break.

Earlier this week, Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne all-but confirmed that the team will announce its driver line-up for 2018 at their home Grand Prix in Monza in early September.

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