Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc may destroy Ferrari if the woes continue between them this year.
Ferrari should have been celebrating a fourth straight victory after the Russian Grand Prix. But, last weekend was rigorous for both Ferrari drivers in terms of understanding each other as teammates and for Vettel who had an MGU-K failure cost him to retire from the race for the first time this year. Simply, the Italian outfit handed the victory to Mercedes; a one-two podium finish when Lewis Hamilton pitted under the virtual safety to clinch the victory. However, what became worst was hearing the awkward radio communication from Ferrari's engineer to both drivers about the swap agreement which has failed.
What is the next step for Vettel:
What happened in the first lap of the Russian GP has opened a window of opinions and options for the German driver as the most noticeable remark came from Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull's consultant, who defended Vettel saying:
"Vettel was ahead, so Leclerc complained and then the engineer said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll fix it with the pitstop’... “What that means is ‘we’ll manipulate the pitstop’. That’s against fairness and against the sport. Marko believes also that Sebastian Vettel has no longer a future at the team.
Previously, Marko has denied the return of Vettel to Red Bull who hasn't clinch any title since joining Ferrari, but his latest comment about Ferrari's controversial radio could change the Doctor's thoughts and Red Bull to rethink and rejoin the 4-time world champion to his home.
Vettel who joined the prancing horse in 2015, initially, signed a three-year deal able to be extended till 2020. However, last year, when Vettel has almost slipped the title from his hands again from a very decent position, La Gazzetta Dello Sport said: "the German is losing support and increasingly 'isolated' at Maranello".
This year, 2019, Vettel is failing to win races with the best car as only 5 races has left and yet, he has termination clauses in his contract which could lead him to leave Ferrari before the 2020 season.
After the Russian Grand Prix, Marko has revealed that Red Bull will get stronger enough to beat both Ferrari and Mercedes to fight for the championship next year which would be a perfect destination for the F1 4-time world champion. "The task for next season is to get the constructors' championship again, so we are looking for a strong second driver," Marko said.
These speculations leave us wondering, Will Vettel stay with Ferrari for 2020? Or will he return to Red Bull where he would be welcomed and feel safe as they are eyeing a stronger driver to team up with Max Verstappen?
Note that, If Vettel chooses to stay with Ferrari then we should be concerned about something important, there was comparatively little tension between Leclerc and Vettel earlier in the season when neither driver was winning, meaning it is not only about winning, it's about who Ferrari will keep and choose as a leading man?