After the Ferrari out, the future of Sebastian Vettel is still unclear. Helmut Marko sees only two options. Both would be a bang.
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Update from May 23, 9:06 a.m .: What's next with Sebastian Vettel ? As usual, the German Formula 1 world champion cannot be looked at on the cards. Even Alexander Wurz, head of the drivers' union , admits that he did not see the Ferrari exit coming. "There were no rumors , it just happened," he says in the current F1 vodcast from Sky , "that is typical of Sebastian . I like that about him. "
In the same discussion, he and Red Bull consultants and long-time Vettel sponsor Helmut Marko ensure that there are some rumors about the future of Sebastian Vettel and that there will be more . "I spoke to Sebastian, " the Austrian points out.
Formula 1: future of Sebastian Vettel after Ferrari off? "Some middle class team" will probably not
Marko and Vettel have discussed a possible return to the Red Bulll racing team , reports the 77-year-old. " Which unfortunately does not exist! ", He clarifies," we have existing contracts with Max and Alex Albon . That didn't result at all. "
Apart from that, Marko is sure that Vettel will not do "any middle class team" . Without a title chance, a racing team for the four-time world champion , who achieved a lot * and is doing well financially, is absolutely uninteresting.
Reports: Vettel leaves Ferrari at the end of the season
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Sebastian Vettel puts an end to Ferrari: companions have strong suspicions - "driven into burn-out"
If there is no hammer change , Helmut Marko is counting on the Formula 1 retirement of his former protégé . Also no surprise for Alexander Wurz after a time at Ferrari . He believes that the Ferrari drivers are at risk of being “driven out of the system by the system” , as Fernando Alonso once was.
"It seems to me that that happened, " muses Wurz about Sebastian Vettel , "Ferrari is more than just the usual passion for racing drivers. At Ferrari, the pressure of an entire nation is on you . The drivers have to endure that. And Ferrari demands a lot from its drivers. ”
Sebastian Vettel on Mercedes: Helmut Marko and Alexander Wurz see Silver Arrow as the last option
In addition to the resignation, the two experts only have a plausible option for Sebastian Vettel . And it's called Mercedes Benz . The double leadership Hamilton-Vettel would be a sheer superior, even raves the Red Bull official, but it is difficult to imagine. But anyone who knows whether Hamilton will keep the Silver Arrows will throw in Wurz. If the Germans were looking for a driver for their first cockpit , the Vettel rumors * would again gain momentum significantly.
According to Vettel-Hammer in Formula 1: Poison arrows in the direction of Mercedes - "Funny to hear that ..."
Update from May 20, 11:25 a.m .: What happens to Sebastian Vettel? His farewell to Ferrari keeps Formula 1 fans busy all over the world. In the end things went very quickly : With Carlos Sainz, Scuderia quickly presented a successor to the four-time world champion. The Spaniard, in turn, was promptly replaced by Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the McLaren cockpit - so Vettel's first option was straight from the table.
Since then there have been countless statements and rumors. They all aim at one thing: is Sebastian Vettel landing at Mercedes * ? Team boss Toto Wolff had always said a lot about Vettel, but there was no signature yet.
Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes? Rumors never stop
Wolff emphasized that the Vettel option was of course interesting, but: You also have to focus on your own drivers and your own offspring. Again , Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko could not take this statement seriously. He said on ORF: “It's funny to hear the Toto say they are looking at their own offspring. To date, no Mercedes Junior has ever entered the cockpit. But maybe that will change. "
There are currently two Mercedes juniors in Formula 1 : Esteban Ocon (Renault) and George Russell (Williams) are currently not active for the Silver Arrows.
Meanwhile, there are rumors of another world champion: is Fernando Alonso returning to Formula 1? On May 20, drivers and fans also commemorate an F1 legend: Niki Lauda died a year ago.
Ferrari off: Formula 1 legend knows exactly what should happen to Vettel now - "would be mega"
Update from May 19, 8:05 a.m .: Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone advises Mercedes to sign Sebastian Vettel . “This could give employees an emotional boost and also set positive signals for the outside world. In any case, the PR effectiveness of Vettel at Mercedes would be mega, ”said 89-year-old Brit Sport1. Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year and has not yet had a new employer. The 32-year-old can also say goodbye to Formula 1.
For Ecclestone, Vettel's separation from Ferrari was foreseeable. Between the Scuderia and the Hesse it was “never the same magic” as with Ferrari and record world champion Michael Schumacher, said the long-standing managing director of the motorsport premier class. "The team and its team bosses have never been more behind Vettel than behind Schumacher," added Ecclestone.
Vettel-Hammer at Ferrari: German world champion gets one rejection after the other
Update from May 18, 3:30 p.m .: Was it with Sebastian Vettel in Formula 1 ?
After McLaren had already given the 32-year-old Heppenheimer a rejection after his separation from Ferrari at the end of the season, Vettel's ex-racing team Red Bull is also refraining from the four-time world champion's commitment.
Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari driver doesn't want Red Bull either
“Experience has taught us that it often doesn't go well when two alpha animals are together. Sebastian is still a very competitive Grand Prix driver. It would not be very beneficial for our team if we had two alphas, ”said team manager Christian Horner to the British broadcaster Sky and referred to his driver Max Verstappen .
The 22-year-old Dutchman Verstappen is considered a promising candidate for the World Cup title in the coming years in Formula 1 - and is ten years younger than Vettel. McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl had previously stated in the Sky interview: “Sebastian was not an issue for us. We never negotiated with him or offered him a contract. "
And the world champion of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 is probably not an issue for the German racing team Mercedes either. Will no German drive in Formula 1 in the 2021 season ?
Update from May 17, 9:50 p.m .: Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari * , that's a fact. However, it is questionable for which racing team the 32-year-old will be driving from 2021. As you know, the proposed move to McLaren has broken up. What is it about flirting with Mercedes? So far, these are all rumors.
Sebastian Vettel: Rumors of career end make the round
Now there is even speculation about a possible career end for Vettel. Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko believes it is possible that Vettel will end his Formula 1 career after this season. The prerequisite, however, is that he cannot find a team with which he can be at the top in the near future, Marko said on Sunday on ORF television.
With the retirement at Ferrari after this season, Vettel was doing the right thing right now because he no longer felt comfortable there and had not received the necessary support. “Unfortunately for him, the top teams have their places filled. If there isn't a perspective for him somewhere that he can find a team that can be at the top in the medium term, in two years, I think he won't do it in a midfield team and will stop, ”said Marko on his former world champion pilot.
Sundays are just not the same ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gjb0maxG8R- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@ MercedesAMGF1) May 17, 2020
Previously, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had regretted saying goodbye to Vettel at Ferrari at the end of the year. "It is a pity that an era is coming to an end here," said the Austrian of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung . Vettel had not been able to agree on a new Formula 1 contract with the Scuderia . In previous years, he had fought intense duels with Silver Arrow star Lewis Hamilton .
Get out of the Ferrari at the end of the season: Sebastian Vettel faces an uncertain future.
© AFP / WILLIAM WEST
The last speculation was whether Vettel could drive in the Silver Arrow next year. The contracts of Hamilton (35) and teammate Valtteri Bottas (30) also expire after this season. "No good team will simply ignore it if a four-time world champion suddenly appears on the transfer market," said Wolff.
Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari hammer in Formula 1 - Mercedes team boss makes you sit up and take notice
Update from May 17, 8.38 a.m .: According to Toto Wolff, Sebastian Vettel is actually an option for one of the Mercedes cockpits. The Silver Arrows head of motorsport from Austria said in “ORF”: “For us, the question is what we will do with George Russell (the ex-Mercedes test driver will drive a Williams in 2020 ). It is an option. Then there is also a Sebastian Vettel variant . ”This sentence makes you listen. At the same time, Wolff made it clear: "But that's not the very first agenda, because we have to concentrate on our own driver squad ."
In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , the 48-year-old also encouraged the Heppenheimer for the future: "No good team will simply ignore it if a four-time world champion suddenly appears on the transfer market ." As a German, however, Vettel would not automatically have better chances of a Mercedes cockpit: "When Mercedes team, we want to build the best cars and the best drivers for it have, while the origin does not matter ."
Update from May 16, 8:55 pm: At Red Bull in Formula 1, Sebastian Vette l and Mark Webber were once teammates and fought for points in the same team in the "premier class". When the German won the world championship title for the fourth time in 2013, the Australian said goodbye that year to look for his motorsport luck away from F1 .
F1 - Webber about Vettel: "Don't forget who gives him a lot of advice ..."
Webber, who is now 43 years old, apparently still closely follows the racing circuit of his former workplace and has now commented on Twitter about the Vettel hammer at Ferrari with the upcoming breakup.
The nine-time GP winner does not suspect anyone less than ex-Formula 1 managing director Bernie Ecclestone as an influencing factor in Sebastian Vettel's decision.
Deals getting done when everyone's bored. Don't underestimate who Sebastian gets plenty of counsel from, Bernie. Could it be that the red car wasn't particularly competitive preseason, stable regs and a future budget cap?- Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) May 14, 2020
Mark Webber translates: “Agreements are made when everyone is bored. You shouldn't underestimate who gives Sebastian a lot of advice ... Bernie, ”says the Australian, who finished third in the F1 championship three times in his F1 career . Webber once delivered skirmishes with Vettel due to the internal team hierarchy, but digitally he strengthened his back to his former team partner and also referred to the technical (un) reliability of the Ferrari:
"Could it be that the red car was not competitive during the winter test drives (in Barcelona, ed.)?" Asks the Australian and also talks about the postponed rule changes as well as the budget limit for the teams in order to address the unequal opportunities to reduce.
According to Vettel-Hammer in Formula 1: McLaren boss talks about negotiations
Update from May 16, 09.09: Sebastian Vettel and McLaren - this most recently speculated collaboration is off the table. Daniel Ricciardo is awarded the vacated cockpit.
After McLaren managing director Zak Brown had already made it clear that Vettel had no part in the considerations of the British racing team anyway ( see update from May 15 ), team boss Andreas Seidl is now in the same notch.
Sebastian Vettel has to leave the traditional Ferrari racing team at the end of the season.
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To Sky Sport News HD , Seidl said: “The subject of Sebastian never came up for us. Negotiations have never been held. It was always Carlos ( Sainz, d. Red. ) Or Daniel ( Ricciardo ). "
Ultimately, Sainz inherited from Ferrari and Ricciardo went to McLaren , while Vettel's options continued to wane. Does this mean that the three-time world champion even ends his career? Zak Brown believes it is possible ( see May 15 update ).
Sebastian Vettel: Does the German even end his Formula 1 career?
Update from May 15, 6:14 p.m .: The Formula 1 cockpit at McLaren is gone. Was Sebastian Vettel's commitment from the 2021 season an option for the British team after the four-time world champions at Ferrari ? The answer from McLaren CEO Zak Brown is negative, he told British television channel Sky F1: It was clear early on that the traditional racing team from Woking, England, would be between Spaniard Carlos Sainz and Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the next season will decide. Vettel (32) never played a serious role despite media reports to the contrary.
After the end of Vettel's announcement at Ferrari at the end of the year on Tuesday , Scuderia announced Sainz's commitment to succeed him . The vacant cockpit at McLaren will in future be given to Vettel's ex-colleague Ricciardo, while the German continues to look for a place. According to Brown, there are currently no opportunities for the top teams Mercedes or Red Bull for Sebastian Vettel. The American is of the opinion: "Even at McLaren there is no possibility, the next best would be Renault." The interviewee can even imagine that Vettel "unfortunately" already ended and resigned his career after the 2020 F1 season .
Vettel hammer in Formula 1: sensational turn - Ferrari boss makes you listen
Update of May 15, 9:18: The Formula 1 looks forward to further Sebastian Vettel . Where is the four-time world champion going after he has announced his farewell to Ferrari ? The options are getting fewer and fewer, after all the free McLaren cockpit is now occupied by Daniel Ricciardo .
So does the mega bang actually happen and Vettel lands at Mercedes ? There you are currently still covered. When the events rolled over on Thursday morning, Twitter reacted quite smugly to the current situation in the premier class.
pic.twitter.com/bIB1Mkj7ks- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@ MercedesAMGF1) May 14, 2020
Lean back and feed the whole theater popcorn? Or do you have plans for the Silver Arrows that nobody knows yet? The fans have a clear opinion - and in the comments below the tweet request the presentation of Sebastian Vettel .
Vettel hammer in Formula 1: sensational turn - Ferrari boss makes you listen
Update from May 14, 19:55: After the announcement that Sebastian Vettel's contract should not be extended, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto now commented on the separation of the four-time Formula 1 world champion * at the end of the season. Binotto defended the designer's surprising step .
"I think we made the right choice. A cycle closes with Sebastian . I personally admire him very much, there is a lot of appreciation, ”Binotto was quoted on Thursday. The world has changed, not only economically, but also in terms of technical and sporting areas. According to Binotto, Ferrari is in the process of creating the foundation for a “cycle of victory”. They had with Vettel * While discussing different perspectives, but they had ultimately "might not have the same goals ."
# F1 Mattia Binotto (Ferrari) about Vettel: Unequal goals https://t.co/6S6wIc4201 pic.twitter.com/kZmVe0LarP- Speedweek (@SpeedweekMag) May 14, 2020
Born in Heppenheim, he will leave Ferrari after six years in the service of Ferrari. His successor is the Spaniard Carlos Sainz .
Ferrari: Vettel hammer in Formula 1 - where is it going now?
Update from May 14, 5:23 p.m .: For which team Sebastian Vettel will drive from the 2021 season , should he decide to continue his Formula 1 * career. McLaren and Red Bull are no longer an option, Renault is probably a number too small for the four-time champion.
Is it possible to switch to Mercedes *? Toto Wolff, team leader of the Silver Arrows, has fueled the rumors with his latest statements.
Update from May 14, 5:15 p.m .: Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher * , is considered a possible successor to Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari . But he will have to wait a little longer. Meanwhile, his sister has already sent a happy greeting on Instagram.
Meanwhile, there is good news for all fans of record world champion Michael Schumacher * right in the middle of the corona break of the racing series.
Ferrari: Carlos Sainz succeeds Sebastian Vettel
Update from May 14, 12.17 p.m .: Now it's time to go with the statements! Now it is officially clear who will succeed Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari cockpit. As the Scuderia announced on Twitter, Carlos Sainz will be driving for the traditional Italian racing team from the 2021 season. The driver carousel, it is picking up speed ...
. @ Carlossainz55 to race for Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow in 2021 and 2022https: //t.co/XA3xLP0a77- Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 14, 2020
Update from May 14, 11.49 a.m .: The sparrows are already whistling it off the roofs, and now it's official: Daniel Ricciardo will drive for McLaren from the coming season . The racing team has now confirmed this on Twitter.
The option is therefore no longer available for Sebastian Vettel . So it remains exciting about the future of the ex-world champion.
McLaren announces that @DanielRicciardo will race for the team alongside @LandoNorris in the Formula One World Championship from 2021.
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Ferrari has since found a successor to Vettel . The Spaniard Carlos Sainz jr. moves from McLaren to Scuderia. The Italian racing team officially announced this on Thursday.
Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel not to McLaren
Update from May 14, 9:44 a.m .: Command back! Sebastian Vettel will not be in the McLaren cockpit from next season. Sport1 is said to have learned that the ex-world champion canceled the traditional British racing team on Wednesday. Instead, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo will switch to McLaren.
According to motorsport-total.com, the Australian has already informed his racing team that he will not extend his contract, which is also due to expire, at the end of the year. And the ink under the McLaren contract has already dried. An official confirmation is expected later in the day. Ricciardo becomes Lando Norris' new teammate.
And Vettel? It had actually been assumed that the Heppenheimer would go to McLaren because he was said to have a good relationship with team boss Andreas Seidl. But now both cockpits are occupied there. Most recently, Mercedes had declared to deal with the Vettel personnel.
After the almost certain change from Sainz to Ferrari, it now seems to be certain that Ricciardo will move to McLaren in 2021. Vettel now run out of options. Aston Martin? # F1- Philipp Ziolko (@ 8SAP) May 13, 2020
Formula 1: Vettel successor at Ferrari is certain - switch to McLaren?
Sebastian Vettel leaves Ferrari at the end of the season.
© AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE
Update from May 13th, 3:28 pm: As motorsport-total.com wants to know, Carlos Sainz is the successor to Sebastian Vettel. The portal estimates the official announcement on Thursday. The Spaniard will probably become a teammate of Charles Leclerc.
Vettel-Hammer in Formula 1: After Ferrari-Aus, the German is about to sign a new team
Update from May 13, 2:54 p.m .: Sebastian Vettel is about to sign with McLaren. As Sport1 wants to know, the German has been dealing with the racing team for a long time. Team principal Andreas Seidl is looking for a successor for Carlos Sainz Jr., who is considered the hottest successor to Vettel at Ferrari.
Update from May 13, 12.50 p.m .: Who actually inherits Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari racing car? Some successors * are under discussion. Even names like Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso are mentioned.
Update from May 13, 10:48: Sebastian Vettel should avoid looking into the newspaper if he wants to avoid clear criticism. Because the international press does not give a good hair to the German * ("He goes as a failure"), but also not to the Ferrari racing team.
Vettel hammer in Formula 1: is he leaving Ferrari because of this? Schumacher statement catches your eye
Update from May 13, 8:12 a.m .: The Vettel cracker makes attention in Formula 1. Apparently Sebastian Vettel couldand Ferrari did not agree on an extension of the contract. Now the future of the successful racing driver is hotly debated. Former Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug can well imagine a continuation of Vettel's Formula 1 career at McLaren.
“McLaren and Vettel would be a mega story. I very much believe that McLaren can take another step with Mercedes engines next year, ”said the 67-year-old at Sky . The four-time world champion Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of this year after six seasons together. McLaren did not want to comment on speculation on a possible commitment of the 32-year-old on Tuesday.
Haug hopes that Vettel will not end his career in the premier class of motorsport. "Then German motorsport and international motorsport would be an absolute size and a guy would be lost," he said. "That would go too far for me to speculate in this direction. I don't think he has any other alternative after Ferrari. ”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has at least not ruled out Vettel's involvement with Ferrari after his end . "If a driver of the caliber of a Sebastian Vettel is on the market, you have to deal with this issue as a capable team boss of a top team," said Haug of the "Pforzheimer Zeitung" (Wednesday). "However, it does not mean that this will lead to future cooperation."
Vettel bang in Formula 1: was that the reason to leave Ferrari?
Update from May 12, 7:10 p.m .: The Vettel bang in Formula 1 continues to make waves. Of course, all experts are now expressing their opinions and giving their opinion on the topic. So also ex-F1 driver Ralf Schumacher. The Sky expert spoke about Vettel in an interview with Sky Sport News HD and believes that the relationship in the team " has been broken since Monza ." "In addition, Ferrari has positioned itself clearly with Charles Leclerc's contract extension until 2024."
Leclerc drove his elbows out and the approval within the team had grown. “ Sebastian, on the other hand, is a person in need of harmony . He has to feel that people are 100 percent behind him. He will not have had that now. "
Vettel is now at a crossroads. If he wants to sign a large contract again, now is the right time. "If he starts again, he has to do it now. Already from the age. That's why I think you can understand the decision - even if it can be difficult at the beginning . ”
Ferrari hammer in Formula 1: Vettel goes - will a world champion be his successor?
Update from 10.26 a.m .: Shortly after the official announcement of the departure of Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari, his team-mate Charles Leclerc is speaking with emotional sentences via Twitter: “It was an immense honor for me to be your team-mate. We had some tense moments on the track. Some very good ones and others that didn't end as we wanted. But there was always respect between us, even if it wasn't always perceived from the outside. ”In a second post, Monegasse wrote:“ I have never learned as much from you as a teammate. Thank you for everything, Seb . "
It's been a huge honor for me to be your team mate. We've had some tense moments on tracks. Some very good ones and some others that didn't end as we both wanted, but there was always respect, even though it wasn't perceive this way from the outside.
I've never learned so much as I did with you as my teammate.
Thank you for everything Seb. pic.twitter.com/jRHEsvMYvg
Vettel-Aus at Ferrari: Two world champions come into question as successors
Update from 9:38 a.m .: Of course, the announced departure of Sebastian Vettel is also directly linked to speculation about the successor of Heppenheimer at Ferrari. Carlos Sainz jr is a hot candidate . , Son of rally legend Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard is only under contract with McLaren until the end of the year and won last year with third place at the Brazilian Grand Prix and three fifth places.
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo , who already outshone Red Bull Vettel in 2014 as a team-mate, is also dealt with. In addition, there are persistent rumors about two absolute superstars of the scene. After six years at McLaren and eight at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton is believed to emancipate himself from Motorpower in Stuttgart and to help the Formula 1 circus' most traditional racing team regain its former glory. Finally, a comeback by Fernando Alonso does not seem to be completely ruled out. The Spaniard is considered the most talented driver since Michael Schumacher, but remained without a world title at Ferrari even in five years. He was vice champion three times behind Vettel. But he became world champion in his Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Formula 1 hammer: Ferrari and Vettel confirm separation at the end of the year
Update from 9.15 a.m .: Now what various motorsport media have already reported is official. Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari will go their separate ways from 2021. After six years, the contract of the four-time Formula 1 world champion at Scuderia is not renewed. The racing team and Heppenheimer announced this in a joint statement .
Vettel is quoted as saying: "The team and I noticed that there was no longer a common wish to stay together for the end of this season." Team boss Mattia Binotto emphasized: "We and Sebastian made this decision together and it feels great best on both sides. ”It was not an easy decision, but the feeling had increased that the time had come to go different ways .
The complete Vettel statement in the wording: "My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari ends at the end of 2020. In order to achieve the best possible results in this sport, it is important for everyone involved to work in perfect harmony. The team and I noticed that there was no longer a common desire to stay together for the end of this season. Financial reasons played no role in this joint decision. I don't think so when it comes to making certain decisions, and it never will be.
What has happened in the past few months has caused many of us to think about our real priorities in life. You have to use your imagination and take a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time to think about what is really important for my future.
Scuderia Ferrari has a special place in Formula 1 and I hope that it will have the success it deserves. Finally, I would like to thank the entire Ferrari family and especially the Tifosi around the world for the support they have given me over the years. My immediate goal is to end my time at Ferrari so that we can share some nice moments with each other and add them to those we have enjoyed so far. ”
Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel decide not to extend their contracthttps: //t.co/LMvLsJZiP8- Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 12, 2020
Formula 1 2020: Vettel will probably leave Ferrari after six years
First report from May 12, 8:06 a.m .:
The end of four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the year seems decided . As the picture, as well as the trade magazines Auto, Motor und Sport and motorsport-total.com reported on Tuesday night, the contract of the 32-year-old from Heppenheim with the Italians will not be extended . Accordingly, Vettel will leave the traditional racing stable after six years with a still unknown goal . According to the reports, both sides could not agree on a new contract. The move could already be made public on Tuesday. A confirmation did not exist initially .
Bang in Formula 1: Vettel's disappointing results at Ferrari
So far, Vettel has been chasing his dream of becoming a world champion with Ferrari like Michael Schumacher. In the previous season, he finished in disappointing fifth place in the World Cup and had to again defeat the overpowering Mercedes. His aspiring stable rival Charles Leclerc also landed in front of him. The 22-year-old Monegasse signed a working paper that was valid until the end of 2024 before Christmas 2019. Leclerc is the team's great hope for the future, while Vettel is said to have only been offered one contract for another year .
Ferrari hammer: Sebastian Vettel does not extend - Hesse allegedly refuses
That seems to have been too little for the ambitious Hessen , although Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto recently emphasized again and again that he would like to keep Vettel. However, there was also speculation about a drop in Vettel's salary . He had recently said in a video conference that there was no deadline for an extension. "Whatever the deal will be, the team and I will have to feel comfortable with it," said the German, who had not been able to build on his successes with Red Bull since arriving at Ferrari for the 2015 season .
Formula 1 hammer: Vettel and Ferrari separate - Coronavirus paralyzes Formula 1
This year, Vettel and Co. weren't even talking about Grand Prix victories on the track. Due to the corona virus pandemic , all planned races have either been postponed or canceled *. The start of the Formula 1 season is currently scheduled for July 5 in Austria, there is no fixed racing calendar yet. The racing series hopes to have between 15 and 18 events by the end of the year. At least the first should definitely be run as ghost races without spectators .
“Seb is an authentic and sincere person. He loves his job, he really loves it, and that's one of the reasons why we at Ferrari appreciate him so much too, ”Binotto had last said about Vettel on the Formula 1 homepage. However, he was not as athletic as he had hoped for when he arrived in 2015. He won 14 victories for Scuderia overall, was Vice World Champion in 2017 and 2018 and third in the World Championship overall ranking in 2015.
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