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Four-time world champion will leave at the end of this season; Sainz and Ricciardo tipped to replace him
Jim Holder
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12 May 2020

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 F1 season, the team has confirmed.

The 32-year-old German's departure was confirmed today in a statement made by Ferrari, after talks to extend his contract broke down. It is not clear which team Vettel will move to, if he will take a break from the sport or retire. He is contracted to race in 2020 for the Scuderia, however.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said: “It was not an easy decision to reach given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person. There was no specific reason that led to this decision, apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives.

“Sebastian is already part of the Scuderia’s history, with his 14 grands prix wins making him the third most successful driver for the team, while he is also the one who has scored the most points with us. In our five years together, he has finished in the top three of the drivers’ championship three times, making a significant contribution to the team’s constant presence in the top three of the constructors’ classification.

“On behalf of everyone at Ferrari, I want to thank Sebastian for his great professionalism and the human qualities he has displayed over these five years, during which we shared so many great moments. We have not yet managed to win a world title together, which would be a fifth for him, but we believe that we can still get a lot out of this unusual 2020 season.”

In the statement issued by Ferrari, Vettel added: “My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020.

“In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony. The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season.”

Vettel added: “Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be.

“What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life. One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future.

“Scuderia Ferrari occupies a special place in Formula 1 and I hope it gets all the success it deserves. Finally, I want to thank the whole Ferrari family and above all its “tifosi” all around the world, for the support they have given me over the years. My immediate goal is to finish my long stint with Ferrari, in the hope of sharing some more beautiful moments together, to add to all those we have enjoyed so far.”

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12 May 2020

 Well, the last year or so Vettel had lost his mojo, dejection because of a young pretender was kicking his derrière, getting more attention shall we say, retirement?, no, not yet, the thing is, who'll have him?, I don't think he'll do Ricciardo and sign for a no chance team, so it would either be Redbull or Mercedes, my money would be on the later, I don't see Hamilton going just yet.

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12 May 2020

I personally dont think he has much to offer F1 anymore, I think that particular boat has left port (I may yet be proved wrong though).

Moe likely to follow others into endurance racing....maybe even NASCAR !! :-)

12 May 2020

Always had either second rated team mate or ones past their sell by date. Only decent team mate was Ricciardo who slaughtered Vettel in his rookie year at Red Bull.  

12 May 2020
Not sure he was over rated, he has been an incredibly fast driver though it has always been said he lacks the ability to overtake and battle through the field, and he has rarely proven that wrong. I think both Webber and Riccardo frequently out performed him, but he has always been quite candid with the press during interviews and could often be pretty funny, so I think if he leaves it will be a shame.

12 May 2020

I'd have some sympathy for a driver however "get him out of the way" seems in order.

12 May 2020
There are only two teams Vetel would move to.
1. Mercedes - Not if Hamilton has any say in the matter
2. Red Bull - I doubt if Horner would want him back.
Therefore he'll leave the sport. I can not imagine he'd step down to a smaller team.
Thanks for the memories.

12 May 2020

I think if Vettel does stay next year it will be back to Red Bull. I would say they would be delighted to have lots of Ferrari secrets that Vettel has. Mclaren has been rumoured but it would be strange to see Vettel at Mclaren. I doubt he would go to any of the other teams. 

12 May 2020

Someone once said that there were no unworthy F1 WDCs. It stands to reason that just being one of the top 20 drivers in the world isn't easy in itself. Being number one for 4 seasons, like Seb, is exceptional.

I was looking back at some (3 time WDC) Piquet videos on Youtube and realised I'd forgotten how overlooked he became after Senna arrived. In the same vain, Vettel won 4 WDCs before the Hamilton/Mercedes era *and* we can argue that Seb had it easier than some others but I would call someone's judgement into question if they said that anyone wins 4 WDCs easily, or without a very complete skill set. 

Obviously much happens that we don't know about, but I think Seb needs a Marko in his corner and didn't have that in Ferrari (in the same vain that certain drivers were too fragile to survive the lack of love from Frank & Patrick at Williams). If Seb can find the right 'home', maybe he still has results to offer. But I would be surprised if that happened...

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12 May 2020

Maybe he should move to formula e now it's on the up but might not be such a good earner to take back to the bank in his tax haven abode.

While he is sorting out contracts he should sack his barber if the picture was pre COVID !

12 May 2020

 Tell me, and I'm not being facetious here, how many Champions have won in different cars?, the reason I ask is, if your not in a winning car your not going to win a World title.

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