Formula 1: Vettel’s last Ferrari season An unworthy farewell

An unworthy farewell to Vettel

It was not a glorious separation between Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari team. The mud fight ends in a disastrous season.

NSo it is finally over, the liaison between Sebastian Vettel (33) and Ferrari. His successor, Carlos Sainz, has already taken a seat in the Vettel red racer and also chatted with Vettel’s former race engineer Riccardo Adami. The handover is complete and an era in Vettel’s life.
The German was not only the designated successor to Michael Schumacher for years. There were also a striking number of parallels. But after six years at Ferrari these end. You can also put it drastically: When Schumi came to Ferrari in 1996, it was a midfield squad. At the end of 2020, with Vettel’s departure from the Reds, the most successful team in F1 history is just that: only midfield. It was the worst Ferrari season in 40 years.

It’s not up to Vettel. Vettel won the second race with Ferrari in Malaysia in 2015. In 2017 and 2018 he was runner-up with the Scuderia. He was close to the title twice, but the reasons for failure were always the same.

An unworthy farewell to Vettel

It was not a glorious separation between Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari team

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On the one hand there are countless strategic mistakes. There are various examples from 2020 alone: ​​Broken pit stops at the Grands Prix in Imola and Turkey; a completely screwed up strategy at the Formula 1 anniversary GP at Silverstone; Brakes that, of all places, give up the ghost after six laps at the high-speed temple in Monza

On the other hand, Mercedes was simply better in development during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In both years Vettel led the World Cup for a long time, but Mercedes had the longer breath. Vettel leaves Ferrari and with it a car in which nothing is right anymore. PS deficiency, unpredictable rear end.
Thirdly, to be fair, Vettel had a high error rate, especially in 2018. And again in 2020: In Spielberg, at the Nürburgring, in Silverstone – Vettel made a spin in three races alone. Then there was the crash in qualifying for the Russian GP.
It’s hard not to see the Ferrari era positively after such a year. After all, with 14 wins, Vettel is the third most successful Ferrari driver of all time. Only Michael Schumacher (72) and Niki Lauda (15) have more often triumphed in red. “I will also miss a lot of people at Ferrari”, Vettel also refers to the good days.
The messed up breakdown season 2020 is again available in the picture gallery in detail to click through.


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