Is Sebastian Vettel Ferrari’s next victim?
After the catastrophic entry into the Formula 1 hybrid era, Ferrari began a new chapter in 2015. Sebastian Vettel came in, the team’s management took over the ambitious Maurizio Arrivabene, and the construction of the car was entrusted to the young generation of Ferrari engineers led by Simone Resta and Mattia Binotto.
As we are heading towards new F1 season, the Scuderia team fell apart. Pat Fry, Nicholas Tombazis, Stefano Domenicali, Fernando Alonso, Lorenzo Sassi, Simone Resta, Kimi Raikkonen left the team one after another and the last victim was Arrivabene himself.
While it seems that former President Sergio Marchionne worked with a certain vision, the situation is now essentially different.
After a couple of months of silence, John Elkann pulled out his first move, fired Maurizio Arrivabene and set Mattia Binotto on the bench. At the moment when Ferrari seeks every tenth, Elkann withdrew his elite engineer from the garage and sent him to a political fight with Liberty Media and verbal wrestling with Toto Wolff, Helmut Marko
It seems that the 2019 season will be groundbreaking for Ferrari in many respects. Sebastian Vettel will probably have the last chance to return the title to Maranello. Despite the fact that the German has a valid contract by the end of the 2020 season, Elkann can also fire Vettel with a special contract clause.
The time of harmony is therefore passing, and Vettel will have to justify his astronomical salary in the 2019 season. If four times world champion will have problems with young Ferrari’s star Charles Leclerc, Elkann would probably not be looking for the next “scapegoat” for too long.
It’s no secret that the Ferrari leadership wants to return Stefano Domenicali, whose return could re-mix the cards at Maranello house and opens a door for the magical return of Fernando Alonso.