It was in the air and it has been official for a few hours now: Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are not extending their contract, so it is certain that the German will probably continue with a new team from 2021 and Maranello will start the 2021 season with a new driver.
After six years, the parties have decided to do so by mutual agreement, and Vettel will not leave the Reds for the money – this is also revealed in the official announcement:
“We took this difficult step together, we felt it would be the best on both sides. The decision was not an easy one, as Sebastian is special as a man and a racer. There’s not a single specific reason, we’re friends, so we realized it’s time to say goodbye, that’s how we can help us both reach our goal. Seb remains one of our most successful pilots, an important part of Scuderia. He finished in the top three of the tournament several times, winning 14 races. On behalf of everyone I would like to thank him for that. Although the joint World Cup title did not succeed, we believe that this year’s short season will be a good farewell. ” Mattia Binotto said.
Sebastian Vettel also tried to emphasize that despite the difficulties he had experienced, he leaves Ferrari as a friend:
“Our joint work with Scuderia Ferrari will end this year. If you want to achieve the best in this sport, perfect harmony is a very, very important aspect. Both, the team and on my behalf, we feel that we no longer have the desire to continue together at all costs. Financials do not play a role in my decision, this is not the primary consideration. The Scuderia Ferrari has always taken a special place in F1, I sincerely hope they achieve the desired successes. I would like to thank the Ferrari family, most notably the Tifosi, for their support throughout the years. My goal now is to give them beautiful moments so I can close Ferrari´s chapter of my career. ” Vettel added to the team leader’s words.
Ferrari will later name who can replace Sebastian Vettel – rumors most often mention the names of Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi…
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