It was announced in May that, as it turned out, based on a unilateral decision, Ferrari would not extend Sebastian Vettel’s contract, which expires this year. The 33-year-old German’s future has been uncertain for a long time, but it became clear by September that he would continue his Formula 1 career at Aston Martin (today still Racing Point) from 2021. At Ferrari, Carlos will be replaced by Carlos Sainz from McLaren.
“The goal of the early decision and communicating to it was precisely to have the opportunity to find an F1 meeting,” Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto told V1’s official website about Vettel. “Being able to find a seat for yourself is also a success for us.”
“I am happy for him both as a racer and humanly. And also because of Formula 1, as I think it’s important for the whole racing circus that Sebastian stays. That’s a great result. “
“We made our decisions and I think we made the right decision. I am very happy that Carlos is joining us, I am happy with our future partner. They’re both mostly young, but they’re starting to get experienced, ”he switched to Sainz.
At the same time, the Spanish and Charles Leclerc, a new favorite tied up until 2024, will have a difficult time, as Ferrari’s competitiveness there and 2022 is just an option for now, there is no guarantee that the Scuderia will be one of the winners of the big rule changes.
“We’re not driving to simple race wins, we want a long series of successes, for which we need to build a solid foundation. Such a process requires young people, not just engineers, mechanics, but also competitors, so that was the right decision, ”Binotto said.