2020 has been crazy enough for Formula 1 with the bulk of the season essentially being canceled due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of room for things to get even more shocking.
According to various reports from several sources including Motorsport.com, contract negotiations between Scuderia Ferrari and four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel have reached an impasse with both parties agreeing to part ways.
Vettel’s current contract, which began in 2017, is set to exprire at the end of 2020. With the year almost half over, it seems at this point that 2019 was the last time fans would see Vettel in a Ferrari uniform.
If these reports are true then it can mean a pretty significant shake up for the entire grid. Motorsport.com reports that Carlos Sainz may fill in the vacant seat at Ferrari and that Renault has already presented an offer to Vettel. Considering that is accurate it’s all but certain Daniel Riccardo will be out at Renault after a lack luster season. Besides, I doubt Riccardo would be thrilled about being Vettel’s teammate after the drama between them while they were both with Red Bull.
The game of F1 musical chairs gets even more complicated by the fact that Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes GP is set to expire at the end of 2020 as well. Though it seems far less likely that Hamilton would risk his shot at earning his record-tying 7th world championship by starting next season with a completely new team.
The question remains, where could Vettel end up? If Vettel does move to Renault, then what about Daniel Riccardo and Carlos Saniz?
Would Vettel rather be number one driver in a back marker team? Or would he consider being a number 2 driver in a stronger team fielding one of the current crop of young talent?
Who knows? But I reckon that we will likely find out in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, what do you think will happen? If you could re-arrange the drivers, who would you put where? Let me know in the comments bellow or tweet to me at @MotorworldHype.