Cesare Fiorio appreciates Ferrari’s doubts about the Vettel F1 contract renewal, citing ‘mistakes’ and ‘younger talent’ to be some of the chief considerations for Ferrari.
A little more than a month ago, Charles Leclerc’s new agreement with the Ferrari team was announced, linking them until 2024.
However, the future of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, is more uncertain. The German driver is tied to the Scuderia until the end of 2020, and for now from the Italian brand have been cautious about the decision on their future.
Former Ferrari sports director Cesare Fiorio understands Mattia Binotto’s caution about Sebastian’s future after his mistakes during much of last season, which contrasts with his four world titles with the Red Bull team.
“During 2019, Vettel made a lot of mistakes, although he tried to correct them at the end of the season. Those mistakes contrast with the experience he gained with Red Bull when he was four-time World Champion,” Fiorio explained to the FormulaPassion.it
In addition, Charles Leclerc has surprised us at Ferrari with two victories and seven poles, scoring more points than his team-mate.
“That’s why Binotto’s delaying talks on a deal is justified if we take into account two facts.
“Firstly, the arrival of Leclerc, who has already shown his skills by achieving victories and poles without fearing his more experienced teammate”.
In addition, another factor to be taken into account is the arrival from the lower categories of young drivers who are very fast from their first seasons in the top category of motor racing.
“Second, the arrival of some very promising young drivers from lower categories, which are becoming more and more like F1 even with cars of lower power and performance”.
“These categories are a fundamental preparation base for making the jump to F1. In the last few years, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, George Russell, Alexander Albon and Antonio Giovinazzi have been here”, he concludes.