Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto commented in an interview with Marca on Sebastian Vettel, who will leave the Italian after this season.
According to Binotto, there would be a loss for the sport if Vettel did not find a suitable new stable after his departure and left the competition altogether.
- Yes, it would be a loss because we like him and appreciate him. It would be important for him to find a good place for next year. I've heard rumors that Mercedes is interested. I would be really happy for him, Binotto said according to the magazine.
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Mercedes drivers this season will be driven by reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, but neither has a contract for next season.
The weaker of the two would have Bottas if Mercedes ended up looking for a new driver.
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According to Binotto, the decision to leave Vettel was due to the changes and transfers caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Ferrari is looking for a “new cycle” that Vettel, now 32, did not agree with.
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The boss denied Marca that Vettel's departure was due to the alleged offer of a short extension contract.
Binotto had no doubt that Vettel would fully run his final year of his Ferrari contract.
- He (Vettel) is a great guy and a top professional who knows his responsibilities. I'm sure he wants to last, Ferrari vuodeltaan good score. I don’t expect any bad use at all, Binotto said in Marca.
The F1 season 2020 starts in July in these handsome Austrian landscapes - but without the audience.
Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters
The race calendar for the 2020 season is still partially open due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first race is scheduled to run on July 5 in Austria.
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There are currently eight races on the race calendar - all in Europe.
Last season, there were 21 races in the program. Binotto had a clear vision of how many races this year could be crowned the “real” world champion.
- Eight races would be enough, he said.
I pulled a pair this season to drive through Ferrari Academy to Charles Leclerc, who rose to the top. Next season, Vettel's place at Ferrari will be taken by Carlos Sainz jr.
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