“The change in leadership from Maurizio to Mattia” – Sebastian Vettel considers the change in leadership the turning point of his Ferrari tenure.
Sebastian Vettel bid farewell to Ferrari last season without winning a single world title with them. This was in stark contrast to his Red Bull tenure where he won four consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013. When asked to give a candid opinion on his Ferrari experience, Vettel chose to call it a “rollercoaster ride”.
“No, I think it was pretty much a rollercoaster ride over the years with a lot of things happening,”
“For sure, in terms of momentum in that year, it didn’t help. The mistake was a little mistake with a huge outcome and a huge penalty, but there were definitely more things happening.”
Change in leadership from Arrivabene to Binotto
While Vettel was in Ferrari, the team principal baton was handed over to Binotto by his predecessor Arrivabene. Vettel had good chemistry with the latter and found it difficult to get things going with Binotto.
Things went downhill even further when Binotto found a replacement for Vettel in Carlos Sainz. This was without informing Vettel that he is being shown the door. Vettel will now make his Aston Martin debut this season. He has signed for big money by the British iconic automakers, the successors to Racing Point.
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“I think in the ’18 season, obviously, we had the passing of Mr. Marchionne [former Ferrari CEO], the change in leadership from Maurizio [Arrivabene] to Mattia [Binotto].
“So maybe the ’18 season was a decisive year for many things, but I don’t know if you can really break it down to one thing. Everything that happened, happened for a reason, and I think the main thing on my side is to make sure that I learned from it.
“I think I have grown with it, somewhere, moments on the track like you mentioned in Germany, Hockenheim, and other moments off the track. Overall I feel much more comfortable or, let’s say, in a better place now than those years ago, but certainly, at times it hasn’t always been easy and straightforward.”