In the wake of Ferrari’s team orders saga, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko spoke on the situation. According to him, Sebastian Vettel is getting the short end of the stick and soon, will have “no future at Ferrari”.
At the Russian Grand Prix 2019, Ferrari repeatedly asked Vettel to let Charles Leclerc past him. Pole-sitter Leclerc claimed that there was a pre-race “agreement” to let Vettel slipstream him. That situation would leave Ferrari one-two on the track.
However, this incident brought back memories of the infamous ‘multi-21’ debacle of 2013. This time though, fans were of the opinion that Sebastian Vettel was in the right and voted him as ‘driver of the day’.
Speaking to RTL, former driver Christian Danner said, “There’s no reason for Ferrari to intervene in such a way. You can only hurt your own drivers if you put such orders on them”.
Meanwhile, 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve agreed told Auto Bild that Vettel was much faster. He observed that owing to this situation, “Ferrari has a serious problem.”
The Canadian also noted that Ferrari had no right to order Vettel to return the place immediately .
“They then spent the rest of the race thinking about how to put Leclerc back in front. Karma punished them in the end.” Villeneuve continued “Vettel was faster today and deserved to stay ahead.”
Red Bull’s Marko, took the side of his former driver and commented that Ferrari managed to not win with the fastest car.
Speaking to the media, he continued, “And although he was the fastest man, they sacrificed Sebastian. He has no future at Ferrari anymore.”
Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff gave his two bits on Ferrari’s shambolic situation, which granted Mercedes with a one-two. He said, “It shows that managing two drivers who are trying to win is not trivial.
“We did it as a team as well and still do occasionally and it’s not easy. But in such cases, it is necessary to remember the function of the driver in the team and respect their desire to win.”