Ferrari’s treatment of Sebastian Vettel, a Red Bull legend, has not pleased Christian Horner one bit. He speaks about Vettel’s future in F1.
Ferrari have decided to let go of Sebastian Vettel at the end of this season. They claimed it was due to budgetary controls arising out of the corona virus pandemic.
Sebastian Vettel was very unhappy with with how the situation panned out. He claimed in a press conference that there were no discussions held over his future. It was a shock when he got to know this was his last year with Ferrari.
Ferrari have put themselves in a spot after it was revealed the news was broken out to Vettel via a phone call. And that Vettel’s replacement Carlos Sainz was in contact with Ferrari since the end of last season. This puts a question mark on Mattia Binotto’s statement that it was coronavirus which led to them realizing the German.
Christian Horner has his say Sebastian Vettel’s F1 future
Now, Sebastian Vettel’s former Boss at Red Bull Christian Horner has spoken out. The combination of Vettel and Horner was explosive, with Vettel and Red Bull winning four world titles from 2010 to 2013.
Horner is extremely disappointed with Ferrari, and call their treatment of Vettel plain “rude”.
“We never expected Seb to be pushed aside so rudely. We have many good memories of the time with Sebastian and it would be a great loss for Formula 1 if he leaves”. Christian Horner said during the broadcast of Sport & Talk from Red Bull owned ServusTV.
Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Christian Horner and Pierre Gasly were part of #ServusTV show:
– Vettel spoke on Austria, ALB/HAM incident, Ferrari decision not due to #COVID19, future (Mercedes/RB)
– Horner on Vettel, own DAS-like system
— Darshan Chokhani (@DarshanChokhani) July 7, 2020
Horner, however, added thay Red Bull Racing cannot is not looking for Vettel to return to the team. ”We have two drivers who are doing great and we don’t expect to be able to offer a place to Vettel. We didn’t expect him to come on the market either.”
The two drivers in question are Max Verstappen and Alex Albon. Verstappen is considered to the biggest competition to reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. Albon, too, is coming on his own, and is expected to put in some fine performances this season.
What next for Sebastian Vettel?
Red Bull and Mercedes are out of the picture, after the latter’s parent Dialmer confirmed that they will continue with Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Renault followed suit yesterday, after they got in their legendary former driver Fernando Alonso. He will partner Esteban Ocon for the 2021 season.
Racing Point seems unlikely, with Sergio Perez doing well, and main investor Lawrence Stroll’s son Lance as the other driver.
It remains to be seen if Sebastian would be open to switching to a team like AlphaTauri or Alfa Romeo, if an offer comes in. As of now, a ‘sebbatical’ seems most likely, with him marking a return in the 2022 season.