Italian blogger Leo Turrini, who is famously very close to proceedings at Scuderia Ferrari, reflects on the negotiations between the Maranello team and German driver Sebastian Vettel in a recent article published on his quotidiano.net blog:
“I hope everyone is well.
Small update on current events, in the midst of the many memories that I dusted off (having fun, I admit it) to fill at least a little the void generated by the obscene pandemic.
One. As you know, Lewis Hamilton politely rejected John Elkann’s signals months ago.
So within a month, presumably before the engines start up again in Austria as Liberty Media and Fia dream, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will decide if there is a common future.
Two. Ferrari offered Seb a contract extension.
Three. Obviously, it never occurred to Camilleri and Binotto to propose to the German the role of a second driver. Really, it takes a lot of imagination to think that Camilleri and Binotto go to a four-time world champion to tell him: come on, Ciccio, stay here to be a wingman to Carletto, which is a phenomenon but has so far won two races. But come on, a little seriousness.
Four. Of course, I’m not talking about economic conditions. Due to the virus, the world is changing. Certain figures will no longer exist. And not only for Sebastian Vettel, eh.
Five. If the agreement is not found (and I do not exclude this possibility), I seriously doubt that Daniel Ricciardo could be interested. Maybe I’m wrong and I also like the Australian a lot. But I don’t see him next to Charles Leclerc.
Six. So, for a variety of reasons, the most credible candidate for the Ferrari seat after Vettel is the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, as has been said many times in recent months.
Come on, fifty days and the picture will clear up.”