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Binotto would be 'very happy' to see Vettel switch to Mercedes

  • Published on 08 Jun 2020 10:45
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto states he would be pleased to see Sebastian Vettel take up a seat at Mercedes in 2021.

The four-time world champion will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season, bringing an end to his six-season stay at the Italian outfit.

Vettel has been linked with a move to Mercedes, who is yet to pin down its two drivers for next year. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff recently spoke about the possibility of signing Vettel, declaring: “We owe it to a four-time world champion not to come out and say straight away 'No.' You need to think about it.”

However, Wolff added that its priority focus would be on its current line-up of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who have been partnered at Mercedes since 2017.


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When asked by Marca if Vettel would be a loss to F1 if he can't find a seat for 2021, Binotto said: “Yes, it would be a loss, because we love and appreciate him and it would be important for him to find a good seat next year.

“I hear rumours that Mercedes are interested and I would be very happy for him, I really would be.”

Binotto says that multiple factors contributed to Vettel's departure from the team: “Ferrari love Sebastian as a driver and as a person as he is part of our team and our project, so it is never an easy decision.

“He was our first option and then the coronavirus pandemic came, a situation that has changed many things, from the regulation to the budget cap.

“There are things that have changed the situation, with the new car postponed to 2022. We had to make internal reviews and that's what we did.”

In March, it was rumoured that Vettel had been offered a new contract with a big pay cut, which was a leading reason behind the split between Ferrari and the German.

However, Binotto denied the rumour: "No, that's not true. It is simply that things have changed and we are looking at a new cycle.

“It seems that this vision, in terms of timing, did not coincide with his vision. It was not because of the type of offer or its duration.”

Ferrari opted to replace Vettel with Carlos Sainz, who joins on a two-year contract alongside Charles Leclerc, who is heading into his second season with Ferrari in 2021.

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  • I think almost everyone would want to see Seb at Mercedes. Everyone except for a some Lewis fans, and Toto Wolff, who wouldn't want to deal with the headache. Because rest assured... Seb would really push Lewis and these two have a history together already. I was just reminded of it watching the Baku 2017 race that F1.com just released. Great race by the way!

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    • Jun 8 2020 - 21:49
    • Im not sure I see that AJP, how many times have we seen Vettel crack under pressure, make mistakes - in what way would that be any different in the same team, sorry mate - he doesn't have the mental toughness.

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      • Jun 9 2020 - 18:32
  • Dert38

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    i don't want because he is anyway so dogstaff, very kunning though. He never was super super just engineers of his team. thankfully ferrari wasn't able get 2+ seconds on mercedes, and with lower gaps this dogstaff can't do it, we ll saw it a thousand of times

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    • Jun 9 2020 - 10:56
  • Dert38

    Posts: 354

    and well beautifully said mr. Binotto

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    • Jun 9 2020 - 10:57

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