Cesare Fiorio explains why Vettel contract talks may have stalled

23-01-2020 18:08
by Joseph Tyrrell
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Cesare Fiorio explains why Vettel contract talks may have stalled

Sebastian Vettel will hope 2020 pans out better than 2019 and that he can earn himself a new contract. Former Ferrari sporting director Cesare Fiorio has explained why contract talks between Ferrari and the German have stalled.

Vettel had a tough season in 2019, winning only one race in Singapore, and was beaten in the Drivers' Championship by his Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc. The German was also embroiled in several controversies throughout the season and caused both himself and Leclerc to retire from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Cesare Fiorio believes the mistakes Vettel made and the emergence of younger drivers are the reasons behind the delay for a new contract for Vettel.

“The on-track mistakes contrast so much with the strong experience Vettel obtained with Red Bull when he won four World Championships. So Binotto’s approach is justified if we consider two aspects," Fiorio told FormulaPassion.

“First, the arrival of Leclerc who has demonstrated his significant skills already by claiming victories and pole positions without any fear of his more experienced team-mate.

“Second, the arrival of some very promising young drivers coming in from the minor formulas, formulas that look more and more like Formula 1 even if the cars have lower power and performance."

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