Ferrari: Vettel, not Hamilton, is “first selection” for 2021

Considerably overshadowed in 2019 by his less-experienced teammate Leclerc, who has been handed a brand new Ferrari deal that runs by means of 2024, four-time F1 champion Vettel is because of turn into a free agent on the finish of the upcoming marketing campaign.

However although Vettel and Leclerc’s first 12 months as teammates was not fully easy, and Ferrari higher-ups publicly entertained the idea of making a move for reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, Binotto has now moved to make clear that conserving Vettel was the “desire”.

Requested whether or not Hamilton was an choice for 2021, Binotto mentioned at the launch of the Ferrari SF1000: “I need to reply on a distinct approach. I feel Seb is our first selection for the time being, and clearly it is one thing we’re discussing with him and we are going to proceed discussing, however he is actually our first choice, our desire for the time being.”

He subsequently mentioned that recruiting Hamilton was not one thing Ferrari was “contemplating for the time being”.

Vettel, for his half, mentioned he most well-liked to “dwell within the second” fairly than already take into consideration his post-2020 F1 prospects.

“When you examine to a few years in the past, I did not have a contract till August, so strictly talking I used to be out of enterprise half a 12 months earlier than the season completed,” Vettel mentioned. “So, I do not suppose it modifications a lot.

“As I mentioned, you are clearly centered on what is going on on within the second. In some unspecified time in the future clearly it’s a must to type out what is going on on sooner or later. However I feel we’ll have sufficient time to take action.”

Queried on a timeframe for agreeing a brand new deal for Vettel, Binotto mentioned: “I feel it is firstly a typical resolution, one thing we are going to focus on collectively.

“It’ll take the time that’s wanted. Clearly now we’re centered on the automobile, we’re centered on what would be the winter testing and the primary races, and there will likely be a correct time for the remainder.”

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