Sebastian Vettel is going to leave Ferrari at the end of 2020
Scuderia Ferrari confirmed the departure of Sebastian Vettel at the end of the 2020 season.
The four-time world champion reiterated that the departure was not for financial reasons:
”In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony.
“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.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said that the decision was mutual and that it wasn’t an easy one: “It was not easy to reach, given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person.
“The time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives.”
The Scuderia will now look for a replacement for Vettel with Spanish driver Carlos Sainz and Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo being named as the favourites.
The departure of Vettel is being closely followed by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who did not rule out any move for Vettel:
“Sebastian is a great driver, a major personality and an asset to any Formula One team.
When looking to the future, our first loyalty lies with the current Mercedes drivers. But naturally we must take this development into consideration.”