Charles Leclerc was quick to react to Ferrari’s announcement on Tuesday that Sebastian Vettel’s departure from the team at the end of the 2020 season was official.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari will separate at the end of the 2020 season, the German driver and his team having failed to reach an agreement for a contract extension beyond 2020.
Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, who joined the Scuderia in 2019, was quick to respond to this announcement and stresses how valuable Vettel’s experience during the 2019 season has been for him.
“It’s been a huge honor for me to be your team mate. We’ve had some tense moments on tracks.
“Some very good ones and some others that didn’t end as we both wanted, but there was always respect, even though it wasn’t perceive this way from the outside. ” says Leclerc via his Twitter account.
“I’ve never learnt so much as I did with you as my teammate. Thank you for everything Seb.”
The paths of the two men will separate at the end of the 2020 season, when Charles Leclerc for his part has signed a multi-year contract with Ferrari. The Monegasque will remain in Maranello at least until 2024.
It's been a huge honor for me to be your team mate. We've had some tense moments on tracks. Some very good ones and some others that didn't end as we both wanted, but there was always respect, even though it wasn't perceive this way from the outside.
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 12, 2020
McLaren want Vettel
TJ13 has published a few articles on this possibility since December 2019, but more and more rumour is ramping up the chances of such a move.
With fewer races available to prove worth, and team decisions about 2021 driver lineups compressed toward the end of the year, it is understood that Vettel moved before being pushed as he didn’t accept the pay cut or the single, then two year deals from Ferrari.
Several teams could be in place to pick up Sebastian Vettel but one is most likely. This will not be the case for Renault, as Cyril Abiteboul explained recently, while Christian Horner also assured that the German driver belongs to Red Bull’s past, and Max is their future.
On the other hand, McLaren, which will be powered by Mercedes from 2021, could represent a great opportunity.
“Seidl knows Vettel well, they knew each other back in the days of BMW Sauber. If Sebastian owes it to someone, he will certainly think of Andreas. And that would be a fantastic PR opportunity for McLaren-Mercedes,” reveals a source close to the British team.
A major boost for Sebastian Vettel, who would therefore be reunited with Andreas Seidl, and which makes sense since the contracts of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, the two current McLaren drivers, come to an end at the end of the season.
FIA official confirmation: Austria & Silverstone races go ahead
That’s correct, you read the title right – TJ13 understands that as far as the FIA are concerned, the green light has been given to teams for doubleheader F1 races in Austria and Silverstone, kick-starting the Formula 1 season.
Leaked memo: Thus far the FIA memo has been sent to FIA F2 and F3 teams, therefore it is expected that Formula 1 teams have also been given the…… READ MORE ON THIS BREAKING STORY