It seems extraordinary that Sebastian Vettel, four-time world champion, may be struggling to find a competitive Formula 1 seat next year. Although Toto Wolff made respectful sounds about him when asked if there was any chance of seeing him in a Mercedes, the team’s technical director James Allison gave a more realistic assessment when he said: “I find it very difficult to imagine that the many good options that we have around us would ever evaporate to that extent.”
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas lend the team a balanced and harmonious line-up, and it has George Russell waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, Helmut Marko has stated that Red Bull simply couldn’t afford to pay a Vettel level of salary when it’s already paying the big bucks for Max Verstappen.
Ferrari decided not to renew with the driver it chose to replace Fernando Alonso with in 2015 because ultimately the partnership hasn’t worked. There was ambivalence within the team about his ultimate performance, Charles Leclerc was recruited to benchmark that, and did enough to become the chosen one.