For the first time since 1990, a Formula 1 season could occur without a German driver one year from now. Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari toward the end of the 2020 season. It is open whether the 32-year-old will join some other team.
Ralf Schumacher thinks a decrease in racing “hype” in the nation could imply that not a solitary German driver is on the grid in 2021. He doesn’t think Sebastian Vettel would leave Ferrari without an alternative drive arranged.
Ten years ago, 7 drivers on the grid were German, including Sebastian Vettel, Schumacher, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Sutil, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock.
The four-time title-holder’s future presently stays unclear. He has said that the present world circumstance has made him reexamine his needs.
Ralf is sure Sebastian Vettel has alternatives
Schumacher believes there have been far more behind the scenes controversies than we can think.
Ralf Schumacher in an interview with sport1 says: “It’s a bit of a pity especially for Sebastian, who had a completely different dream with Ferrari. If he feels comfortable with it, that’s okay,”.
“At the end of the season, and especially from Monza, it was clear that the team had listened to Leclerc. I believe that there has been far more behind-the-scenes controversy than we can imagine.
“If a driver no longer feels comfortable or feels the support, then he has to leave. Sebastian was a bit unlucky that Leclerc had such a strong year.”
Ralf also says that it is hard to believe that Sebastian Vettel does not have any alternatives at this point. There are various rumors that connect Vettel with teams like Mercedes or Renault. As per reports, Alonso is the front runner for the vacant seat at Renault.
“There is, of course, a possibility that he will quit. But I read that he said that the Ferrari talks failed because it was not long-term.
“He sees himself at an age when he wants to think and drive for a longer term. I am very sure that he has alternatives. He doesn’t have a manager, but he would be ill-advised to make a decision without having an alternative.”
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