Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the year. He is said to be about to sign a new Formula 1 team.
- Formula 1 * is currently at a standstill because of the corona virus.
- Ferrari is now reporting a real surprise from the paddock.
- The contract of the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel * is not extended at the Italian racing team.
Update 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 2:54 pm: 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 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 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 8:12: 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 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 who needs 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 the decision can be understood - 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 still-teammate Charles Leclerc spoke up with emotional sentences via Twitter: “It was an immense honor for me to be your teammate. 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 to Heppenheimer at Ferrari. Carlos Sainz jr is a hot candidate . , Son of rally legend Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard will only be under contract with McLaren until the end of the year and last year won third place at the Brazilian Grand Prix and three fifth places.
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo , who in 2014 already outshone Red Bull Vettel as a teammate, 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 expected to emancipate himself from Motorpower in Stuttgart and to help restore the most traditional racing team in the Formula 1 circus to 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 with Ferrari without a world championship title 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 good 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 will end at the end of 2020. 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 the four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the year seems to have been decided . As the picture as well as the trade magazines Auto, Motor und Sport and motorsport-total.com both 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 success 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 in total, was Vice World Champion in 2017 and 2018 and third overall in 2015.
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