Racing Point chief Otmar Szafnauer has made it clear that there is "no room" for Sebastian Vettel when they become Aston Martin next year.
With confirmation of his departure from Ferrari at the end of his contract at the end of the season, Vettel has been linked to the Racing Point-Aston Martin project for 2021.
Vettel is no longer behind the wheel for next season and has already missed potential home spots at McLaren and Renault, with Daniel Ricciardo's seat at Enstone being occupied by double champion Fernando Alonso.
The four-time world champion has said he will be open to a return to Red Bull, but team director Christian Horner has closed the door on such a decision.
Racing Point was therefore one of the last opportunities, although the team, which will soon be renamed Aston Martin, already has long-term contracts for current drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
On the eve of the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend, Szafnauer firmly excluded a contract for Vettel. "It is flattering that everyone thinks that a quadruple world champion should come to our team, but that may be because the car is a little faster now", did he declare. "But we have long contracts with our two drivers, so it would make sense that we don't have room."
Vettel said on Thursday that he would take time before making a final decision on his future and also spoke about Racing Point's prospects for the 2020 season. "I think Racing Point made a very strong impression and is certainly in a good position for this year"said Vettel.
"I know part of the team, I know some of the team members quite well in my past and for a long time. This is obviously a good opportunity for them this year to have a good car to fight with and to try to improve from there. "