We woke up this morning with the news that Charles Leclerc has signed a multi-year contract with Scuderia Ferrari, so he will stay with the Italian team for, at least 2024. The Monegasque driver finished on P4 in his first year with Ferrari while his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, finished on P5. If we remember, Ferrari was the fastest car on track during the pre-season tests so all of us were expecting that the Italian team would have been the fastest car also through the season. Well, this didn’t happen and, once again, Mercedes won the drivers’ and constructors’ championship. How did the win it? There are two possible answers, you can choose the one you think is the best. The first answer is that the Mercedes car was so dominant that neither the Red Bull nor the Ferrari could beat them. The second answer is that Ferrari did too many mistakes and that caused Ferrari’s failure. But, what mistakes did they do? Strategic ones mostly. But their drivers also made mistakes. They crashed into each other during the Brazilian Grand Prix and there are rumours that say that Seb caused the incident between him and Charles so the Monegasque didn’t make his final lap during the Abu Dhabi Qualifying.
But, how is Vettel’s career being affected by Leclerc’s arrival and new contract? We have seen some friction in the relationship between the German and the Monegasque. It worth saying that this friction has been seen only on-track and not off-track (like the relationship between Hamilton and Rosberg). Maybe the age is making him drop the pace but we can see Lewis Hamiton, who is older than seb, winning championships.
We have already seen this on the past. Seb was winning in Red Bull with a very strong teammate, as Mark Webber was, but in 2014, Daniel Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull and he beat Seb. Maybe the future stars don’t fit with Seb. This time is happening the same as in Red Bull with Seb and Danny Ric, but now is with Charles.
The most probable thing to happen is that Seb would change of team in 2021, as his contract finished next year. Where will he go? Some people say that McLaren and himself have been talking so he could go with the British team. Some other people believe that he will retire after the 2020 season. What will happen with the German driver?