Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari look set to go their separate ways at the end of the year, according to both Paul di Resta and Karun Chandhok. Vettel’s future at Ferrari remains in the balance with multiple reports suggesting the German will have to take a significant pay cut in order to sign an extension.
Ferrari have already signed up Charles Leclerc to a long-term contract with the 22-year-old seen as the future of the team.
He finished ahead of Vettel in the drivers’ championship in his maiden season at Ferrari last year.
All that has led to the suggestion that Vettel could leave Ferrari for a different team next year.
Di Resta believes the four-time world champion would still be the best man for the job at Ferrari, but only if he was able to rediscover his best form.
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“I really think it’s up to Ferrari if they want to keep Vettel,” Di Resta said on Sky Sports F1.
“I don’t think Vettel’s got any decision in this at all.
“He’ll have to take what he gets. And that may push him out of it.”
He added: “Sebastian if he’s on form, I think you’d love to see him in there.
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“But if he’s not I think there’s a few people lining up out of contract who Ferrari could equally grab.”
Former F1 driver Chandhok echoed Di Resta’s view, suggesting the only way Vettel stays at Ferrari will be if he takes a wage cut.
“He’s going to have his work cut out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does have to take a big wage cut,” he said.
“They’ve got Leclerc there now, who is a future star – and they don’t really need to be paying Sebastian as much as they did in the past.”
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Chandhok went on to champion Carlos Sainz as the ideal replacement for Vettel at Ferrari from next year.
“I think there’s a difference with Ricciardo and Sainz,” he said.
“Danny Ricciardo’s had his opportunity with a top team whereas Carlos hasn’t yet.
“I’d love to see Carlos have that opportunity. I think he’s been stellar at McLaren, he’s come alive and he’s turned a corner.”
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