Sao Paulo – Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone recommends Sebastian Vettel to either retire after this year or to change teams.
«I think that Sebastian’s performance has recently suffered from the Ferrari constellation with new team-mate Charles Leclerc, who is also managed by the son of the FIA president. I suppose he doesn’t see (team boss Mattia) Binotto as the supporter he needs in his situation, »said the 89-year-old Briton in an interview with Sport1. «Sebastian should therefore stop or look for alternatives for 2021. McLaren, then again with Mercedes engines, could be one of those. »
Ecclestone, who lives with his wife Fabiana on a farm near São Paulo, still thinks a lot about Ferrari driver Vettel. «Formula 1 needs a Sebastian who wins. He had a low last year. But as I know him, there is no reason why, besides Lewis (Hamilton), Sebastian Michael Schumacher’s seven titles cannot be achieved, »he said of the 32-year-old.
Ecclestone led Formula One for around 40 years until he retired in 2017. He once again argued that this season should be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. «You would have to cancel Formula One now. For the whole season. Because nobody knows exactly what to do next, »said Ecclestone. «In the end, the politicians decide. But nobody will release major events again as long as there is still a risk. Nobody will take on this responsibility. »