Is Ferrari a career dead end?
For Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari chapter ends after this season. Of the last 20 Ferrari drivers, only two became world champions afterwards.
What’s next for Sebastian Vettel?
Two other drivers only drove a few Grands Prix after Ferrari. Nicola Larini, who finished second in the tragic Imola GP in 1994, returned to Sauber in 1997 for five races. Ivan Capelli, who shone at Leyton House in vehicles designed by Adrian Newey, failed at Ferrari in 1992. In 1993 he drove two last races for Jordan. Then his F1 career was over. With just a few drivers, it became clear how harmful Ferrari can be to a career.
The 16 other Ferrari drivers stayed in Formula 1 – sometimes after a break (as with Michael Schumacher). Together they make it to Ferrari in 56 Formula 1 seasons, on 78 podiums, 25 wins and two world titles.
Alain Prost was put on the road by Ferrari in 1991 after comparing the steering of the racing car with that of a truck. In 1993 he made his comeback and actually became world champion again with Williams. After the 1990 season, Nigel Mansell switched from Ferrari to Williams and in 1992 won the long-awaited and well-deserved world title.
Racing victories were also celebrated by Gerhard Berger (1997 in Germany in the Benetton-Renault) and Rubens Barrichello (2009 twice in the Brawn-Mercedes).