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 2024, four-time F1 champion Vettel is because of grow to be a free agent on the finish of the upcoming marketing campaign.

However although Vettel and Leclerc’s first yr as teammates was not completely 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 protecting Vettel was the “choice”.

Requested whether or not Hamilton was an possibility for 2021, Binotto stated at the launch of the Ferrari SF1000: “I wish to reply on a unique approach. I believe Seb is our first selection in the mean time, and clearly it is one thing we’re discussing with him and we’ll proceed discussing, however he is definitely our first possibility, our choice in the mean time.”

He subsequently stated that recruiting Hamilton was not one thing Ferrari was “contemplating in the mean time”.

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

“In case 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 yr earlier than the season completed,” Vettel stated. “So, I do not suppose it modifications a lot.

“As I stated, 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 kind out what is going on on sooner or later. However I believe we’ll have sufficient time to take action.”

Queried on a timeframe for agreeing a brand new deal for Vettel, Binotto stated: “I believe it is firstly a standard determination, one thing we’ll focus on collectively.

“It can 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 can be a correct time for the remaining.”

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