Sebastian Vettel had a horrendous 2020 outing in his SF1000. While he finished the 2019 season in P5 with 240 points, this year, the German could only manage 33 points as he fell down to P13 position in the championship standing.
Vettel claimed a total of twelve podiums in 2018 and nine podiums in 2019. However, he could only manage to stand on the podium once throughout the 2020 season. Clearly, Vettel’s performance was significantly affected by the drop in Ferrari’s power unit.
Meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone, Former F1 boss, had a few comments on Sebastian’s sad decline.
“Unfortunately, no one is saying anything positive about him right now. In F1 you cannot be considered independent of a driver’s car. His Ferrari did not suit him well.
“Vettel must use his strength, approach events more calmly. It’s not exhausted, it’s just confusion. He has all the power to find his own strength and to heal. We miss the real Seb!” said Eccleston on Vettel’s new chapter with Aston Martin.
Ferrari announced early last season that Carlos Sainz would replace Sebastian Vettel in 2021. The announcement came as a shock to everyone in the Formula 1 community, and at the moment, it seemed unclear what the future held for the former champion.
Meanwhile, at the Racing Point paddock, the team was preparing to dive into 2021 with a Mercedes engine and a new identity. The team signed Sebastian Vettel and made their intentions of climbing the championship table clear.
Bernie Ecclestone continued, “I pressured Lawrence Stroll to take Sebastian. I said how good he is still, and if they get along, it will be a win for everyone. I think my arguments were enough to convince him.
“Seb was loved in Red Bull, and that feeling was used to it. He was talking to everyone, and everyone was talking to him. He would feel comfortable in that team,” Ecclestone concluded.
Sebastian Vettel is looking for redemption and has already jumped in with Aston Martin to prepare for this season. Hopefully, the new team will provide the German with the car he deserves.
Will we see Sebastian Vettel on top of a podium again? Only time will tell as the season kicks off towards the end of March in Bahrain.