Silverstone: Vettel's agonizing season with Ferrari: Non-competitive

improvement is not for Sebastian Vettel in Silverstone in sight. After the bitter start to the season without a podium finish in the first three formula 1 races

Silverstone: Vettel's agonizing season with Ferrari: Non-competitive

improvement is not for Sebastian Vettel in Silverstone in sight. After the bitter start to the season without a podium finish in the first three formula 1 races, even the highest officer of the four-time world has given up master of the aspirations for 2020 as well as.

"The reality is: Our car is not competitive," said Ferrari boss John Elkann, the "Gazzetta dello Sport" and added: "Today we are trying to lay the Foundation, then to be competitive again and to win if 2022, the rules change. I am convinced of that.“

Vettel, the Hope to the future, he is long gone. Up to his end of the contract only this season left for him to triumph again in the red racer. That would be but just a small miracle. Place six, the last of them in Hungary seems to be for the 33-Year-old from Heppenheim to be out of date almost the Maximum. On the high speed track of Silverstone race on 2 threatened in the fourth season. August (15.10/RTL and Sky) the next humiliation.

On the Mercedes parade route, there was in the last seven years, six of the achievements of the silver arrows, interrupted only by Vettel in 2018. "I look forward every year to Silverstone, simply because it is a very special race track. Every driver loves Silverstone,“ said Hesse, while quite optimistic. However, the two-time race finishers will of the Grand Prix of great Britain also don't know: "We are just where we want to be."

Although Vettel has to go soon, he exercises no public criticism of the team. In spite of the worst Ferrari-season starts since 2014 and the shameful fifth ranking in the world Cup team ranking. Vettel remains at least outwardly loyal. He was lapped in Budapest after world champion Lewis Hamilton and had to endure the dubious decisions of the team management to the included boss Mattia Binotto. This is according to the group's Boss, Elkann still "trust", because he "has all the skills and characteristics to start a new winning cycle".

Binotto was in the days of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari and "knows how to win," said Elkann. There was speculation about a withdrawal of the 50-Year-old, instead, Ferrari responded with structural changes to the disasters Start. A new Department for performance development was established. The works team hopes to be able to in the future, more effective and target-oriented work. The other main areas were (still) untouched.

"It will take some time, and we will suffer setbacks, as we are currently experiencing in terms of results and performance," said Binotto. Far away from their sporting claims Ferrari is looking for Ways out of the crisis. Also hope Charles Leclerc (21) was able to convince in addition to Vettel last little and has against Mercedes, no Chance. When you double-pack in Silverstone, and is now in demand, a strong engine. And the Scuderia has not just. "We can close the gap only if we understand, why our car is so slow", said Binotto.

Away from the slopes, 100 kilometers North-West of London, it goes for Vettel in the coming days to clarify the questions about his future. In space, a change to the Racing Point in the upcoming season, the factory team of the British car manufacturer Aston Martin is more. Actually, the Mexican Sergio Perez has there, along with Lance Stroll, still a contract until the end of 2022, this could be terminated against a lush separation, however, the cash quickly.

the deadline for a decision, according to media, the 31 reports. July - this Friday. Insiders continue to expect that Vettel will join the team starting in 2021, because the options are missing and the top teams are no free cockpit and more. "In the medium term, Aston Martin may be a good Option," wrote the former formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld in a column for the TV channel Sky and added: "Sebastian would be a great help. Not only from the rider's point of view, but especially because of his Knowledge. (...) No doubt Sebastian can do for any Team with ambitions all the difference.“

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Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 16:28

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