Mathieu WARNIER, published on Friday May 22, 2020 at 7:55 p.m.
Having not extended his contract, Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari without winning the world title. For Jean Todt, it was a lack of unity within the Italian team that could be problematic.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari are going to split up after the 2020 season after acknowledgment of failure. Arriving at Maranello in 2015, the German aimed to repeat what Michael Schumacher did in the 1990s , relaunch a scared Ferrari. But, after five seasons and as many failures, the native of Heppenheim decided to stop the costs at the end of his contract. Asked about the subject by Sky Sports, the president of the FIA and former boss of the Italian stable Jean Todt tried to analyze what could have missed Sebastian Vettel. "The results, whether good or bad, you can always find an explanation for them. With Michael Schumacher and the whole team at Ferrari, we had so much success because we had a very united, very strong team, which supported each other, especially in the most difficult moments, assures the one who allowed Michael Schumacher to win six world titles. Being together is easier when everything is going well, but it is in a raging sea that you see a good sailor. In such a situation, we were all in the same boat and I think that was what made the difference. "
Todt says world title comes from "a combination of factors"
Free of any contract for the 2021 season, the future of Sebastian Vettel is uncertain given the lack of available bucket seats. But Jean Todt does not want to believe in an abrupt end of his career for the quadruple world champion. “Sebastian Vettel is one of the greatest talents in motorsport. An announcement has been made, he will not be collaborating with his current team beyond the 2020 season but there are still a lot of opportunities to seize for him, says the FIA president. We can only wish him the best and I have the impression that the team that will welcome him will be very lucky. It is obvious that he is one of the drivers who, with a powerful single-seater, can win championships. Jean Todt then indulged in a word-for-word criticism of the 2010 Scuderia Ferrari, which has failed in its quest for the title since 2007 and the coronation of Kimi Räikkönen. "In 1996, when Michael Schumacher arrived, he only managed to win three races and it was not due to a lack of motivation, he simply did not have the car that could allow him to fight for the title. Little by little, we built the car and the team that made it possible, so it's a combination of factors, summarizes the former boss of Ferrari. Look at Lewis Hamilton, if he was not able to drive a car capable of winning, he could not be world champion. We saw it with Fernando Alonso, we saw it with Sebastian Vettel, it is only logic. Could this convince the German to rally Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton, only time will tell.