Black_Flag_11 wrote: Siao7 wrote:
I can see that. He definitely needs to change something to get back his mojo. He is underperforming in what is otherwise a good enough car.
I'm not convinced personally, once Ferrari is no longer an option for him sure I can see him leaving rather than drive for any other team.
But IMO until he wins with Ferrari, gets the boot from Ferrari or simply gets too old I cant see him abandoning that dream of a Ferrari WDC.
The last time we heard any rumours of Vettel looking to leave Ferrari was at the end of the 2016 season after Rosberg had retired, Ferrari had just had a poor season after a promising 2015 season, they'd fallen further behind Mercedes and Red Bull had caught them up, and there was rumours he had been in talks with Mercedes.
In 2017 Ferrari produced a title challenging car and the Mercedes talks were put to bed and Vettel signed a new 3 year contract with Ferrari, in 2018 Ferrari produced a car that should have won the title.
Now in 2019 again Ferrari have fallen back behind Mercedes and are hardly any better than Red Bull and again rumours emerge of Vettel wanting to leave Ferrari although this time into retirement.
Vettel wants to win with Ferrari but also Vettel just doesn't want to make up the numbers having achieved what he has already done in F1. He's put 5 years into Ferrari and he's almost back to square one plus he no longer has a compliant teammate so he's not guaranteed to solely benefit from any Ferrari resurgence.
As it stands now Vettel doesn't know when the next win is coming from let alone the next title and all along his legacy is in risk of declining more especially if he was to get beat by Leclerc, unlikely this year with the Ferrari interference but it might well happen next year.
Vettel is in F1 to win titles, with the rules not changing next year he may feel the chances of winning next year are slim, it's unlikely that Mercedes are going to fall back, his teammate is no walk in the park, plus Red Bull are sure to be stronger next year which makes Verstappen a big threat as well.
Hearing how Vettel spoke about the 2018 Ferrari not being fast enough I'm not sure just how much Vettel is up for future challenges, it sounds like perhaps he was looking for a much easier ride?