According to strong reports in Germany, Sebastian Vettel will not be renewing his Ferrari contract and confirmation could arrive later on Tuesday.
Auto Motor und Sport and Bild Sport have both reported that contract talks between Vettel and Ferrari have broken down after months of discussions and 2020 will be the four-time World Champion’s last year with the Scuderia.
Vettel’s future has been one of the biggest talking points during the continued off-season with Sky Sports Italy initially reporting that Ferrari were only prepared to offer a one-year extension to him – and that came with a drastic pay cut from the current estimated salary of £30million-a-year.
An online press conference with the media kept the rumour mill churning after Vettel made a comment about him being used to signing three-year contracts at a time, leading to reports that he had flat out rejected the offer.
Sky Sports F1 in the UK then suggested that talks were still at a preliminary stage with no specific details such as salary and contract length being discussed yet.
However, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, two of Germany’s leading publications both published reports saying Vettel has not been able to come to an agreement on a deal to remain at Ferrari.
Vettel who first joined Ferrari ahead of the 2015 season, is believed to have offers on the table from both Renault and McLaren, while Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Antonio Giovinazzi have all been linked with becoming Charles Leclerc’s team-mate from 2021.
2019 was Vettel’s toughest season yet with Ferrari after recording just a solitary win in Singapore. It was also a campaign littered with errors and he soon lost his number one status with the team as Leclerc showed he was no number two driver.
The duo were involved in a series of flashpoints through the 2019 season, culminating in a collision with each other at the Brazilian Grand Prix.