With this year’s title almost beyond their grasp, Ferrari appears to be looking ahead to 2020, with team boss Mattia Binotto confirming that both his drivers will be staying with the team despite the gossip surrounding Sebastian Vettel’s future.
Contrary to the latest ‘silly season’ rumours, Ferrari looks set to keep Sebastian Vettel alongside Charles Leclerc.
“We have two drivers with contracts in place,” said Binotto. “Vettel will be with us in 2020, there is no doubt about that. He comes here from a very good race in Germany that will help him from a moral point of view.
“He must find continuity especially in qualifying, and avoid the mistakes he made in Silverstone. But he is fast in the race, that is his strength,” the Italian added.
Vettel agrees with Binotto that his immediate future remains in red, “For me it is a privilege to drive for Ferrari and I do not feel the pressure negatively.
“I put the most pressure on myself and do not like to make mistakes. I want to feel that push again when you go for the world championship, and I want to do it with Ferrari.”
Meanwhile, despite his 84 point gap to the championship lead, Vettel agrees that it would make no sense to “throw in the towel” this year either.
“The rules aren’t changing much next year, so it doesn’t make sense to throw in the towel,” the German told Bild newspaper. “We will keep attacking at full throttle so we learn as much as possible for the future.”
Suggesting Vettel accepts he cannot win the 2019 F1 World Championship and is urging Ferrari to focus instead on the 2020 car.
Binotto appears to agree with him when he told Sky Italia, “We are below our expectations, but our commitment is to finding all the weak points of this year’s car for the development of the next one.”
“2020 is upon us. We are in a process of improvement and development that has brought progress compared to where we were at the beginning of the year,” added the Ferrari team principal.
Big Question: Would Ferrari be doing the right thing to retain Seb and Charles?