It is common knowledge that Sebastian Vettel's future with Aston Martin is uncertain, as the 4-time Champion has emphasised the importance of being in competitive machinery to sign a new contract.
Ahead of the British GP, Vettel made clear that he would need to see some progression in the AMR22 before making further commitments to the Silverstone-based team.
Vettel has made no secrets about his desires to compete at the front of the grid, and with contract negotiations expected to take place this summer (and no significant upgrades due for the rest of the season), Aston Martin's position is not an exciting one.
After an extremely encouraging race in Baku, Aston Martin has failed to make any meaningful progress since, slipping back to a disappointing 9th in the constructors standings.
As quoted by the Italian journalist Davide Russo, Vettel has spoken candidly about his future with the team:
"I want to fight not only for points but for wins. Otherwise, the fun is lost.
In the next few weeks, together with my family, I will have to be clear about how realistic my goals are and how much energy I still feel in me to grow with the team."
Whilst Sebastian Vettel has performed at a consistent level for Aston Martin, he seems uninterested in extending his F1 career in lacklustre machinery.
There are other options beyond Aston Martin, but with the doors currently closed at F1's leading teams, it seems unlikely Vettel will sign for another midfield outfit next season.
Vettel's exit is not guaranteed, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Aston Martin's failure to provide Vettel with competitive machinery will impact his future in F1.
He gambled on Aston Martin when joining the newly branded squad in 2021, but it seems that gamble has not paid off.