Drive to Survive Season 3 Reveals Ferrari Wasn’t Happy With Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Announcement

Published 03/14/2021, 10:01 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s breakup was one of the most talked-about aspects of the 2020 season. The Maranello team gave access to Netflix once again this season for their home race at Monza. In episode four of Drive to Survive, we got some behind the scene access to Ferrari.

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The episode also shows a team meeting hosted by the head of communications, Silvia Hodder, which discussed Vettel’s move to join Aston Martin for 2021. Ferrari were concerned that the German could spoil the team’s 1000th Grand Prix in Tuscany.

“Hoffer tells the drivers that she has had a lot of enquiries about the timing of the announcement, given it came on the eve of Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix in Tuscany.”

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MONZA, ITALY: Second place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on from parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Her reasoning is that the timing was down to a reaction to Sergio Perez announcing he was leaving the team. ‘Yes, and it’s the truth as well,’ replies Vettel,” stated the report.

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The show covers the many problems going on at the Maranello outfit0 – their difficulty with the power unit, the 2019 saga regarding the legality of their engines, and everything that happened with Vettel.

The show also cuts to Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, who gave his candid opinion on the timing of Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin announcement.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“There’s then a cut to an interview with Horner, who isn’t shy about commenting. ‘Timing tells you everything, he couldn’t have picked a more inappropriate time but I guess he was pissed off,'” states the report.

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The whole Vettel-Ferrari saga was not dealt with in an ideal way. In a perfect world, both parties could have ceded some ground and ensured that they didn’t burn all bridges.

Meanwhile, Vettel will come out this season to redeem himself after a devastating 2020 season with just 33 points under his belt.

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Do you think the German will take the fight to Ferrari in his Aston Martin this season?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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