Sebastian Vettel joined Scuderia Ferrari in 2015 with the sole objective of following in the footsteps of his childhood hero Michael Schumacher and win the Formula 1 world championship with the Maranello team.
However, after five seasons and over 100 starts in the famous scarlet red overalls, there have been 14 victories but as yet no world championship titles. Tuesday’s announcement confirming Vettel and Ferrari will part ways at the end of the 2020 F1 season brings an end to a journey that promised so much but a few high moments aside, will be viewed as a failure overall.
Arriving at the Scuderia as replacement for Fernando Alonso, who despite some close calls was unable to add to his previous two world titles, Vettel was tasked with rebuilding Ferrari and turning around its fortunes following its first winless campaign since 1993.
However, after six years, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari will part ways and the separation does not seem to be made on friendly terms. According to Formula 1 reporter at La Gazzetta dello Sport, Luigi Perna, one of the most important requests which Sebastian Vettel had made to Ferrari was a two-eyar contract, in exchange for him accepting a salary reduction. As reported by Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, this upset Ferrari chairman John Elkann, who made the decision to end the negotiations.
Luigi Perna also reports that Carlos Sainz’s move to Ferrari will be officially confirmed on Thursday.