Ferrari scandal could trigger Vettel exit to McLaren (Update)
|Vettel talking future job with Seidl?|
UPDATE Sebastian Vettel may head to McLaren if he leaves Ferrari at the end of his contract. The German driver has endured a disappointing five-year spell at Ferrari, with Mercedes enjoying a sustained spell of dominance at the top of F1 thanks to the efforts of Aldo Costa and the rest of the design team he put in place.
Vettel is getting tired of the inferior Ferrari (as compared to the Mercedes) and, since he is German, and the Mercedes engine is German, he longs to drive a Mercedes powered car.
Vettel opened the door to joining reigning F1 champions Mercedes earlier this month, but that could only happen if they waved goodbye to Hamilton, who is on Ferrari’s list of long-term targets.
McLaren, who is switching to Mercedes power in 2021, have now emerged as potential contenders for Vettel’s signature, with a reunion with their team principal Andreas Seidl a possibility.
Vettel and Seidl worked together for three years during the driver’s spell at BMW in the 2000s and fostered a strong relationship.
A source told F1-Insider: "Seidl knows Vettel well from the time they spent together at BMW. If Sebastian is available, he will definitely think about him. It would also be a strong PR coup for McLaren-Mercedes."
And the latest Ferrari cheating scandal may be the final straw that Vettel could endure from the under-performing Binotto squad,
|Vettel might decide to distance himself from the cheating scandal|
03/09/20 (GMM) The saga about the legality of Ferrari's 2019 engine could trigger Sebastian Vettel's exit from the team.
That is the view of former F1 driver and fellow German Timo Glock, who was asked by ran.de about quadruple world champion Vettel's expiring contract.
"I think it will also depend on what happens with how this Ferrari story ends," he said.
"I could imagine that it could be a reason for him to say 'That's it'."
When asked where Vettel, 32, might go instead, Glock answered: "Maybe McLaren.
"With Andreas Seidl they have a German boss with whom they're only going up lately. I can imagine he would certainly like to have an experienced German on the team."
Glock, now a DTM driver but also a F1 pundit for German television, thinks the scandal over the legality of Ferrari's 2019 engine could also cost Ferrari its boss.
"As is the way in this business, the one who is responsible has to take off his hat and go," he said, referring to Mattia Binotto.
"Because he knew exactly what was going on and would have to live with the consequences if something happens."