(Motorsport-Total.com) – For many, the separation of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari came as no surprise at the end of this Formula 1 season. And yet the official confirmation last Tuesday hit like a bomb. It was decided jointly to go separate ways in the future, it said in a statement by the group.
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Obviously this decision has struggled for a long time, because shortly afterwards Ferrari presented with Carlos Sainz a successor for Vettel . In a speech at the Motor Valley Fest in Modena on Thursday, team boss Mattia Binotto once again spoke in detail about the separation and the future with Sainz.
“We have completed a cycle with Sebastian,” explains the Italian who has worked with Vettel since last year. The German has been in the service of Scuderia since 2015. During this time he 14 Fine Prix victories with the Reds, twice (2017/18) he was Vice World Champion.
Binotto emphasizes: “I admire Sebastian, I admire him as a person and as a driver. I really appreciate him.” However, with a view to the upcoming challenges and obstacles, which would have intensified in the past weeks, no common denominator had been reached in contract discussions.
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“We are currently laying the foundations for our future , and we want to have a concrete perspective, “said the Ferrari team boss. “We spoke to Sebastian and found that we don't have the same goals, neither in the short nor in the long term.” And while there is speculation about Vettel's resignation , you are now planning with Sainz.
From 2021 the Spaniard's new teammate from Charles Leclerc, for at least two years. “Sainz is a great addition. He's very smart, very young, but he's done five seasons in the past,” Binotto welcomed the arrival of the 25 – year old who drove for Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren.
Last year he achieved his best overall result as sixth in the World Cup. “He is a strong, reliable driver who has won many championship points in races. And I think he is a great driver for America to be able to grow and win alongside a talented colleague like Charles.”