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Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of season

The quadruple German world champion is preparing to leave the Italian Formula 1 team at the end of 2020. The name of the successor to the 32-year-old German driver is not yet known.

The quadruple German world champion is preparing to leave the Italian Formula 1 team at the end of 2020. The name of the successor to the 32-year-old German driver is not yet known.

(AFP) – “It was a decision that was taken by mutual agreement by ourselves and by Sebastian and the two parties considered that it was in their best interest. It was not an easy decision to make because of Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person, “said Mattia Binotto, head of the Scuderia, quoted in the statement.

Arrived at Ferrari in 2015 to succeed the Spanish Fernando Alonso, Vettel will not be like the latter not successful in his bet to bring back a title of world champion driver to the legendary Italian team.

The last to his record is that of Kimi Räikkonen in 2007 with a last constructor title the following year. The German won his four titles at Red Bull (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and won a total of 53 victories, including 14 for Ferrari.

Last year he suffered the burst of his young Monegasque teammate Charles Leclerc who stole the show and established himself as the dominant driver at Ferrari where he won last season two victories for one at Vettel, allowing himself even ahead of him in the World Championship standings. Leclerc (22) renewed his contract with Ferrari in December until 2024.


Originally scheduled for April 19, the event was postponed to an unspecified date due to the viral epidemic, officially dubbed Covid-19, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced on Wednesday.


Rumors are rife about the name of Sebastian Vettel’s replacement at Ferrari. That of six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is coming to the end of his contract with Mercedes at the end of the season, has been advanced but the Briton has suggested that he will stay with Mercedes. Also mentioned are the names of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, currently with Renault, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa-Romeo).

The announcement comes when the 2020 F1 World Championship has not yet started due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the date of the first race still uncertain.


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