Mercedes AMG-Petronas have informed their secondary driver that Sebastian Vettel isn’t being considered for the 2021 Formula One Season. This means Valtteri Bottas maintains guaranteed placement with the top outfit for an additional season, with it also being known that George Russel isn’t being considered yet by Toto Wolff. Supporters behind the German-born Vettel were disappointed with the confirmation from Bottas, which reveals that Sebastian most likely won’t find an active seat for 2021. This means that the four-championship legacy of Sebastian Vettel has completed its race.
Scuderia Ferrari confirmed last month that Vettel wouldn’t be returning after the 2020 season, which followed amid rumours regarding Sebastian’s jealously of Charles Leclerc. Replacing Vettel is Carlos Sainz Junior, with some Scuderia Ferrari supporters disappointed with this revelation & others excited to have a Spanish-born racer. After Mattia Binotto confirmed that Sebastian wouldn’t return, speculation began regarding his next placement in Formula One. Most believed that he’d obtain a placement with Renault or Mercedes AMG-Petronas. The exclusive option left for Vettel is Renault, which will come with a lower salary & considerably worse car.
Those that’ve followed the downfall of Sebastian Vettel wouldn’t have been surprised by this confirmation from Bottas. It was the beginning of June that Toto Wolff, the Team Boss for Mercedes AMG-Petronas, announced that their financial burdens from COVID-19 couldn’t account for acquiring the German driver. Wolff would then stress his commitment towards Bottas and Hamilton, who both tested their 2020 vehicles for the first time on June 9th and 10th.
When questioned if Bottas was concerned over Vettel remaining on the driver’s market, Valtteri would provide clarification regarding the situation. He’d also mention that the speculation surrounding his position with Mercedes isn’t surprising, that it’s been something he’s experienced since joining the outfit in 2014. Valtteri Bottas has improved yearly on his skillsets, now rivalling Lewis Hamilton for podium victories. It’d be foolish for Toto Wolff to terminate Bottas after their significant investment.
Formula One is slated to resume in July 2020, with testing having already begun at Silverstone. The 1st Grand Prix this year will be managed at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with Max Verstappen expected to be victorious. Full details are available on the Formula One website.