Ferrari announced in the spring that it would not extend its contract with Sebastian Vettel, with the German leaving the team in late 2020. The future of the four-time world champion was bleak for quite a few months, but in September it was finally announced that from 2021 he would lead the Racing Point team, already operating as Aston Martin, in place of Sergio Perez.
The 33-year-old rider has performed very poorly in the past, not just being an attractive choice based on the results alone, but his good friend, former Formula One lord Bernie Ecclestone, intervened in his favor.
“I put a lot of pressure on Lawrence Stroll to acquit Sebastian. I told him how good a rider he was still and that in the end everyone would do well if the contract came together. I think my arguments also contributed to his persuasion, ”the Englishman said in an interview with German Sport1 on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
The Methuselah revealed that he had a regular relationship with Vettel: “We talk on the phone many times. I listen and then I say my opinion on things. ”
Ecclestone also said he thinks the German will be unfairly hot and cold this year: “Today, almost no one talks about it positively. But in Formula 1, the rider depends on his car. And Ferrari apparently isn’t lying to him right now. “