Why Vettel’s next move can define his F1 legacy

Sebastian Vettel looked short of options to remain in F1 for 2021 after being ditched by Ferrari. But having taken a leap of faith with Aston Martin, Luke Smith asks if Vettel can rediscover his best form and take F1’s midfield minnow to the next level

When Sebastian Vettel received the unexpected phone call from Mattia Binotto informing him Ferrari would not be extending his contract beyond 2020, he found himself at an unexpected crossroads.

For Vettel, the path had seemed obvious. Despite the tension that had brewed through 2019 amid Charles Leclerc’s emergence, and the five-year deal his young teammate was rewarded with for his fine start to life at Maranello, Vettel still felt a new contract offer for himself seemed likely.

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