Italian formula site CircusF1 claims Ferrari wants to get rid of Sebastian Vettel already in the middle of the season.
Vettel has only collected ten points from the first five races of the season.
Last Sunday, Vettel mumbled in Silverstone right after he left. The four-time world champion rode over the curb, spun and fell last. He drove 12th on the checkered flag.
During the race, Vettel accused the Italian team of the wrong kind of tactics and continued to criticize the interviews. Team manager Mattia Binotto didn’t like it at all - nor did Ferrari’s top management.
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CircusF1 claims that Ferrari is trying to get rid of Vettel so that already at the end of August in the Belgian GP or soon after, Charles Leclerc's teammate would be a different driver. Ferrari would pay Vettel to terminate the contract.
According to the Italian site, there are two candidates for Vettel’s place in the end-of-season competitions.
Sergio Perez is the number one candidate. Rumor has it that after this season, the Mexican will make room for Vettel at the Racing Point stable, which will change its name to Aston Martin.
Perez would be offered a multi-year contract for Maranello that would include, in addition to the end-of-season racing driver, a test and spare driver seat for the 2021 season, followed by races at Ferrari in sports car series.
If Racing Point doesn’t get Perez to Ferrari in the middle of the season, Maranello could leave a similar contract offer to Vettel compatriot Nico Hülkenberg.
Ferrari has already confirmed that Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who will move from McLaren, will be the team's drivers for the 2021 season.