Massa backs Leclerc, not so sure about Vettel

Date published: February 4 2020

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Charles Leclerc is the “future” of Ferrari but Felipe Massa isn’t so sure his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, even has another season at the Scuderia beyond 2020.

Vettel arrived at Ferrari in 2015, joining the team from Red Bull Racing.

The German, though, has yet to achieve even one World title with the Scuderia, never mind the four he bagged with Red Bull.

With his arrival coinciding with the rise of Mercedes, Vettel has twice been runner-up with Ferrari before plummeting to P5 in last year’s championship.

Out-raced and out-manoeuvred by his new team-mate, Leclerc, rumours suggested Vettel was considering walking away at the end of the 2019 season.

Instead he is sticking around for 2020 but Massa says it could be his last at Ferrari unless he shows a marked improvement on his 2019 form.

“I think Ferrari will analyse him this year and see if they want to keep him for the coming year or not,” he told Motorsport-Total.com.

“We have to wait until the season starts to see how things will go in the future.”

As for Leclerc, Massa believes Ferrari made the right call locking the Monégasque driver into a long-term contract as he has the ability to put Ferrari back onto the top step.

The Brazilian added: “He has a long contract and has proven that he is the future of the team.”

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