Will he, won’t he? Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger does not rule out Sebastian Vettel’s early withdrawal from Formula 1.
“I believe he will, because Sebastian is a very intelligent guy. In his life he certainly still has many ideas he would like to tackle. He is very family oriented, has children, earned a lot of money, so he doesn’t need money anymore and he is also very frugal with himself. His heart is very attached to his old motorcycles and old cars next to his family,” Berger told the “Deutsche Presse-Agentur” on the occasion of his 60th birthday on Tuesday.
In recent months, there have been speculations about Vettel’s possible departure from Formula 1 at the end of this year. The four-time World Champion, who is contractually bound until the end of 2020, is likely to miss out on the Ferrari title in his fifth season as well. A retreat or a team change is “not an option” for him, Vettel had said at the German race at the end of July.
“I can well imagine that one morning, when he gets up in the morning and says it’s getting on my nerves, I’ll do something different or drive cars that I enjoy more than these under such complex regulations,” Berger said. “It’s not that it’s not good for surprises.”
Berger was co-owner of the Toro Rosso team when Vettel sensationally won his first Formula 1 race at Monza in 2008. Since this season, Ferrari’s Monegasque Charles Leclerc has been a young and strong stable rival for Vettel from Heppenheim.
“Dealing with this situation is not easy for Sebastian. He is running out of time. Sebastian is not making enough progress for his team at the moment,” said Berger. “He’s a bit different from Michael (Schumacher), who was much stricter with the team and steered it more. That’s no reproach to Sebastian, who is very hard-working and very clever, but that’s not his nature. He rather sees the management in the duty that the team works.”
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