Bernie Ecclestone remains convinced that Sebastian Vettel has the ability to get back in the game this season after a complicated 2019 Formula 1 season.
The former F1 boss believes that people largely underestimate the capabilities of four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
According to Ecclestone, who will become a father for the fourth time at the age of 89 next July, Vettel still has the ability to go on to win world championships and match or even surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 world titles.
“Vettel is underestimated, he has the competitive streak that drivers have. I knew that as soon as I saw him for the first time during a Friday training session in Turkey in 2006. I could see it in his eyes. I could see it in his eyes,” Bernie Ecclestone told Sport1, the German sports broadcaster.
“Formula One needs a winning Sebastian, he had a dip last year, but as I know him, there is no reason why he can’t aim for Michael Schumacher’s seven titles. Like I said before, people underestimate Sebastian. ”
However, Bernie Ecclestone is not ruling out the possibility of Sebastian Vettel leaving the Ferrari team next year, as the German comes to the end of his contract this year:
“I think he recently suffered at Ferrari with his new team-mate Charles Leclerc, who is also managed by the son of the FIA president [Nicolas Todt, son of Jean Todt]. »
“I also suspect that he did not get the support he needed from Binotto. Sebastian should therefore stop or look for alternatives for 2021. McLaren, which will again be powered by Mercedes, should be one of them.”
Last year, Sebastian Vettel finished the world championship in fifth position, 24 points behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.