Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc does not believe that his teammate Sebastian Vettel will soon end his career.
“I don’t see him stopping,” said 21-year-old Monegasque to Germany’s Sport Bild: “I can’t speak for him, but he seems more motivated than ever, he works very hard to get the best for the team and himself.
Even if he were to beat the four-time World Champion from Heppenheim, Leclerc believes that would not be “a reason to stop him”.
Vettel, who turned 32 on Wednesday, has been waiting for a Grand Prix victory since the end of August 2018. Recently, rumours of his premature career end had been heard again and again after Vettel had expressed his displeasure at the modern Formula 1 (“No longer the sport I fell in love with”).
World champion with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013, recently reacted increasingly annoyed to the rumours. His contract with Scuderia Ferrari, which last won the World Championship in 2008, runs until the end of 2020.
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