At the beginning of 2020, Sky Sport had stated that Ferrari had entered into an agreement, for Sebastian Vettel, valid for a year in which the German would also have seen a drop in pay.
Vettel himself initially called this type of contract a "joke", as he has always dealt with contracts lasting three years. He also said that the deal should adapt to both the driver and the team, even if it is only valid for 2021.
“Whatever the deal will be like,” he said, “it will be whatever I and the team will be comfortable with.
“So in terms of duration I don’t know.
“Normally the contracts I’ve had in the past were all three-year deals.
“I know I’m one of the more experienced drivers in Formula 1 but I’m not the oldest and I don’t think there’s an age limit in this regard.”
Gazzetta dello Sport, in addition to saying that the German driver has decided to refuse the agreement, he added that Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and Antonio Giovinazzi are on Ferrari's list for a possible replacement if the contract with Sebastian Vettel won't be renewed.
However, F1-Insider also added Fernando Alonso to the list of pretenders for the seat in Ferrari.
In fact it stated: “Even ex-World Champion Fernando Alonso is positioning himself to replace the four-time World Champion from Germany, according to information from F1-Insider.com.”
At this point Vettel will decide whether to accept the Ferrari agreement and therefore have a place for the 2021 Formula 1 season, or "leave space" for the other contenders, even if as already shown the German driver prefers to act in private.