Entering his final three races as a Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel has revealed that his relationship with the team is “not the easiest” these days.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto informed Vettel prior to the start of this season that 2020 would be his final year racing in red.
The Italian had been telling Vettel that he was the number one pick to partner Charles Leclerc next season only to change his tune.
So began a difficult season for Vettel and Ferrari.
With the SF1000 off the pace, both Vettel and Leclerc have struggled to get good results, the German more so than his team-mate.
Vettel finally broke his podium duck at the Turkish Grand Prix, third on the day, but he still sits down in P13 in the Drivers’ standings.
“This year’s season was very difficult and I admit that I even had doubts about my own abilities,” Grandpx.news quotes him as having told Die Zeit.
“I haven’t gotten anywhere this season and relations with the team are not the easiest either.
“The love affair is over but I am still motivated.”
That motivation will carry Vettel into next season, his first with Aston Martin.
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) November 15, 2020
The team, currently known as Racing Point, has signed Vettel for in a multi-year deal with the German set to team up with Lance Stroll.
Looking to end his Ferrari career on a high, Vettel already has one eye on his new project.
“I am still expecting a lot from the remaining races but I think the new project with Aston Martin opens up a lot of possibilities,” he said.
“We will not be able to achieve success quickly, but I’m sure it will be a completely different mood and a new goal – to help the team progress.”
Aston Martin has not revealed the duration of Vettel’s contract, other than to say “2021 and beyond”.
The 33-year-old, though, is adamant he’s getting out of Formula 1 before he hits 40.
“I’m 33 now, I’ll be on the track for another three years, and I really don’t want to be racing at 40,” he said.
“So if you really assess it then I have from three to seven years left in Formula 1.”