What’s next for Sebastian Vettel? Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone advises Mercedes to commit the German.
“This could create an emotional boost for the employees and also set positive signals for the outside world,” the 89-year-old Brit told Sport1. Vettel described the PR effectiveness of Vettel at Mercedes as “mega”.
Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year and has not yet had a new employer. The 32-year-old can also say goodbye to Formula 1. For Ecclestone, Vettel’s separation from Ferrari was foreseeable. Between the Scuderia and the German it was “never the same magic” as between Ferrari and record world champion Michael Schumacher, said the long-standing managing director of the motorsport premier class. “The team and its team bosses have never been more behind Vettel than behind Schumacher,” added Ecclestone.
The four-time world champion Vettel switched to the Italian racing team for the 2015 season. On several occasions, he narrowly missed the target title win with the Italians. Most recently, Vettel had not been able to agree with Ferrari on an extension of his expiring contract. Now there is speculation about a spectacular move to Mercedes, where the contracts of Lewis Hamilton (35) and Valtteri Bottas (30) could also expire after this season.