Wolff saw ‘cracks’ in Vettel/Ferrari relationship

Michelle Foster
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Toto Wolff wasn’t surprised to learn of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari exit as he reckons “cracks” were showing.

Vettel joined Ferrari in 2015 with both parties dreaming of championship success.

Five seasons later and it has yet to happen.

Vettel has managed just two runner-up results with Ferrari while last season he slumped to fifth place, even losing out to his new team-mate Charles Leclerc.

With the Monégasque driver becoming the new darling at Ferrari, Vettel has found himself surplus to requirements resulting in last week’s announcement that 2020 will be his last year racing in red.

Wolff isn’t surprised.

“We have a friendly relationship [with Vettel],” the Mercedes motorsport boss told ESPN.

“I am not so surprised about his decision; I think you could see some cracks.

“He’s a great personality, has been one of the personalities of the last 10 years in Formula One, winning four titles and starting this hugely successful spell at Red Bull.

“It’s disappointing for him to see that this dream at Ferrari is being discontinued but it is what it is.”

The Austrian reiterated his surprise that the decision was made even before the first race of the 2020 season as both parties still have to work together for a full campaign.

And throughout the season, Vettel will be learning about Ferrari’s SF1000, secrets he can take to his next team if he opts to remain in Formula 1.

“How the events panned out was fast and different because one must not forget there is still a full season to race,” Wolff continued.

“And you would rarely take decisions so early in the season because be it for Daniel at Renault, or Carlos at McLaren, or Sebastian at Ferrari, these guys will race the new kit, will see all the innovation, will need to be involved in the development of the vehicle and need to play their team part also in some of the competitions.

“So, yes, these decisions came about quicker than I would have done but it’s interesting to watch, maybe there’s something to learn.”

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