The Full Official Statement. Vettel leaves Ferrari.
Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel decide not to extend their contract.
Maranello 12 May 2020
Maranello, 12 May 2020 – Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel have jointly decided not to extend the current contract covering Sebastian’s services as a driver with the team, beyond its current expiry date of the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Mattia Binotto, Managing Director Gestione Sportiva and Team Principal
“This is a decision taken jointly by ourselves and Sebastian, one which both parties feel is for the best. It was not an easy decision to reach, given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person. There was no specific reason that led to this decision, apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives.
Sebastian is already part of the Scuderia’s history, with his 14 Grands Prix wins making him the third most successful driver for the team, while he is also the one who has scored the most points with us. In our five years together, he has finished in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship three times, making a significant contribution to the team’s constant presence in the top three of the Constructors’ classification.
On behalf of everyone at Ferrari, I want to thank Sebastian for his great professionalism and the human qualities he has displayed over these five years, during which we shared so many great moments. We have not yet managed to win a world title together, which would be a fifth for him, but we believe that we can still get a lot out of this unusual 2020 season.”
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“My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020. In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony. The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season. Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be.
What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life. One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future.
Scuderia Ferrari occupies a special place in Formula 1 and I hope it gets all the success it deserves. Finally, I want to thank the whole Ferrari family and above all its “tifosi” all around the world, for the support they have given me over the years. My immediate goal is to finish my long stint with Ferrari, in the hope of sharing some more beautiful moments together, to add to all those we have enjoyed so far.”
Vettel leaves Ferrari at the end of 2020.
The F1 driver market is going to fire-up. Eventually, we had the confirmation that the relationship between Maranello team and the four-time world champion has come to the END. The contract offered by Ferrari to Vettel included a reduced extension (1 year contract extension) and a salary of “only” 9 millions/year.
The 32-year-old’s deal concludes at then end of 2020 and despite both Ferrari and Vettel previously expressing their ambition to extend it, Vettel bluntly stated there was now “no longer a common desire” to work together.
Vettel won the world championship four times with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. He joined Ferrari in 2015, with both parties optimistic he would return their first drivers’ title since 2007. However neither drive nor team has proved able to match the dominance of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, failing to really challenge for the title.
Vettel leaves. Who to support Leclerc in 2021?
With Mercedes powering McLaren from 2021, Vettel could still be in the mix for one last competitive run in F1. However, McLaren has a stable driver pairing in Norris and Sainz, which the team is unlikely to throw away. So, the most plausible situation is a change of seat between Sainz and Vettel. This will re-order all the vacant seats. The italian driver Giovinazzi is only an illusion. It could be the life oppotunity for the Sauber’s driver (we remembera Ferrari Academy talent). On the other hand, we have Renault. Ricciardo has in several times, showed his appreciation for the Pricing Horse. In that case, Renault would need a top ranked driver: Vettel has been contacted also by the manager Cyril Abiteboul.