Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton would make a “super team” at Mercedes that is good for all involved, says former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Set to depart Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season, Vettel’s next destination has been a subject of heavy speculation in the past week, with some tipping him for a switch to the Silver Arrows.
Both Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas are yet to sign-on for 2021, with the rumour-mill suggesting Mercedes’ parent Daimler is pushing for them to sign the German in Bottas’ place.
At the same time, the public comments of Toto Wolff have indicated it remains unlikely, although Ecclestone maintains it is something that should be seriously considered.
“I’d like to see him at Mercedes,” he said to German broadcaster RTL. “Obviously. I’d like to see him against Lewis Hamilton, I think that would be good for Formula 1, good for the sport, good for the people watching.
“I think both of them get along with each other without any problems. It’s not a case of what their egos are, both have super talent. So it would make a super, super team.
“I don’t see any problem with Lewis being concerned at all and I know Sebastian would love to have the opportunity to race against him.”
Once trailing Vettel four championships to one, Hamilton has won five of the past six driver’s titles — including two in 2017 and 2018 directly at his expense — to cement himself as the defining driver of their generation.
However from Ecclestone’s point of view, Vettel was never in as strong a situation as the Briton, nor his legendary compatriot Michael Schumacher.
“Michael’s situation with Ferrari was a little bit different,” he explained. “I once said to him, ‘who’s running the team?’ He said ‘I am.’ That’s probably the truth why they’re so successful.
“The trouble with Italians, they haven’t really got a lot of leaders…they haven’t got a leader in my opinion. The person in charge of the team [Mattia Binotto] is basically a super engineer, he’s been with Ferrari for more than 20 years.”