Former F1 driver Mark Webber opened on up on Why things didn’t work out between Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. Webber believes one of the key factors behind Vettel’s exit is the current culture and “regime” within the team. Furthermore, the Aussie thinks Sebastian simply lacks the motivation to drive for Ferrari.
Ferrari’s announcement of parting ways with arguably their biggest fan came as a shock to nearly everyone. Perhaps the writing was always on the wall and we chose to ignore the low points between Seb and Ferrari.
Many believe Vettel’s exit is partly due to his relationship with Charles Leclerc. The pair had some tense moments on track, which ultimately culminated in one of the team’s biggest embarrassments towards the end of the season.
However, Mark Webber is of the opinion that Vettel struggled at Ferrari, partly due to the team’s structure. The Aussie previously asserted that Sebastian failed to connect with the Italian culture over the course of his time at Ferrari.
Along the same lines, Webber revealed that Ferrari’s current Italian “regime” within the team also played a part. Back when the team was a dominant force in F1, Ferrari’s core team consisted of a diverse group that worked closely together.
Jean Todt, Rory Byrne, and Ross Brawn formed the ultimate dream team that powered Ferrari to multiple wins and titles on the bounce with Michael Schumacher behind the wheel.
“Michael got in there, he had Rory Byrne -a South African, Ross Brawn, Jean Todt at the helm”
“you had a very good mixture of culture when Michael was dominating”
“And I’m not nailing the Italians, I’m just saying that they still haven’t delivered”
“Seb, under that regime, they did what they could, and he’s just run out of puff there,” said Webber speaking to the F1 Nation podcast.
Webber also reckons Vettel simply isn’t motivated enough to continue driving for the iconic Italian team.
“He’s clearly not getting out of bed now motivated to drive a red car”
We’ll probably never know the real reason behind Seb’s split with Ferrari. However, one thing’s certain, the sport will miss the German driver, should he walk away in 2021.