The 2020 season has been so difficult for both Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. The German world champion has been dropped by the team earlier this year with a phone call from team principal Mattia Binotto, and didn't had the chance to say goodbye to his Ferrari fans in the italian races of the calendar. Vettel has struggled so much during the season to get to Q3 or the top 10, while. his team mate Charles Leclerc managed to score two podiums.
Ferrari's weekend started on a high, with Leclerc in top 3 at the end of all free practices sessions; in qualifying, something went wrong as both drivers couldn't reach Q3. Vettel only qualifyed twelveth, but earned a position thanks to the McLaren's driver, both summoned with a penalty. Sebastain started the Turkish grand prix from the right side of the track, gaining several positions in the first lap. He spent his first stint in fourth and, after the pit stop to wear intermediate, he had Leclerc right behind him. He had more pace and overtook him, standing in fourth and fifth. Towards the end of the race, Verstappen, thrid, tried to attack Perez, second, but lost his Red Bull, giving away his spot on podium to the Ferraris. The checkered flag was just few metres aways when Leclerc tried to attack Perez for second place, but made a mistake and Sebastian took third position.
The German conquers his first, and maybe only one podium of the season: a good way to end his career in Ferrari after five years spent with the Prancing Horse. The podium comes in Turkey, where Sebastian first debuted in Formula 1 back in 2006 with BMW Sauber, taking over Jacques Villeuve's car for a free practice session.
“There are some races that are special, where anything can happen. I think today’s race confirmed that I have a special relationship with Istanbul Park. One could say my Formula 1 career began here and here again, in what has so far definitely been a difficult season, I have managed to finish on the podium for the first time" said the four time world champion.
"The first lap was incredible. I got away well and with the heavy wet tyres, I had great grip. Then, when we switched to the intermediates, I struggled a bit more. I think the fact there was less water on the track helped and so, in the closing stages I was really quick. In the last few laps I caught Charles and Perez who were fighting.
"Charles overtook the Racing Point, but locked up at turn 12, so I went inside and I only just missed out on getting second place too. I am sorry for him and I can understand he is very angry about what happened, because in many ways, I see myself in him. But he is so strong that very soon, this day will be completely unimportant in his mind. He drove a great race”.
The podium has been emotional too: Sebastian, as soon as he stepped out of his car, made his congratulations to Lerwis Hamilton, still seated in his car, crying and sinking his incredible. aachievement. A moment. which describes the big respect between these two champions, who have fighted against each other during the last years.