Sebastian Vettel prediction made by Bernie Ecclestone after retirement tip to Ferrari star | F1 | Sport

Sebastian Vettel might stick with Ferrari beyond the end of his current contract. That is the verdict of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who believes the four-time champion still has plenty left in the tank.

Vettel is currently in limbo with Ferrari yet to hand him a new deal despite team principal Mattia Binotto stating on multiple occasions that he is their first-choice to partner Charles Leclerc next season.

The Italians are understood to be lining up alternatives in case the 32-year-old leaves, with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo on their radar.

Ecclestone has previously advised Vettel to quit Ferrari when his deal expires, with retirement or moving to a rival listed as his options by the veteran Brit.

However, the former F1 chief has now predicted his friend’s time in the Prancing Horse’s iconic red car might not be coming to an end after all.

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“Why not? For me he can go on two-three years, it depends on him,” Ecclestone told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, when asked if Vettel will continue in F1 beyond the 2020 season. “From the results, from the desire. Seb could still continue, even at Ferrari.”

Vettel and Ecclestone have forged a strong friendship over the years, with the duo often playing backgammon when they meet up at Grands Prix.

The 89-year-old’s latest comments come after he previously put forward the idea that Vettel should seriously consider retiring from F1 later this year.

“I think that Sebastian’s performance has recently suffered under the Ferrari constellation with new team-mate Charles Leclerc, who is also managed by the FIA President’s son [Nicolas Todt],” Ecclestone told last month.

“I suspect he doesn’t see Binotto as the supporter he needs in his situation. Sebastian should therefore stop or look for alternatives for 2021. McLaren, then again with Mercedes engines, could be one.”


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Vettel and his rivals were meant to get their 2020 F1 season underway at last month’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

However, the Albert Park meet was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the first eight races of the year called off.

F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn has stated 19 Grands Prix might still happen despite the impact of the pandemic.

That would be contingent, though, on racing being able to start again from early July, when the Austrian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at the Red Bull Ring.

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