Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Sebastian Vettel retirement: F1 chief Ross Brawn makes Ferrari prediction | F1 | Sport

Ferrari had several highs and lows during the 2019 F1 season as Sebastian Vettel finished behind his younger team-mate Charles Leclerc in standings. Leclerc finished the season in fourth on 264 points, with Vettel in fifth, 24 points off the Monegasque driver.

While Vettel has previously left a team after having competition from a younger driver, Brawn thinks the four-time world champion will stick it out at Ferrari and fight for the number one spot next season.

“It was clear that Charles has what it takes to put Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion, under pressure,” Brawn said.

“Which for Seb must be reminiscent of what happened five years ago at Red Bull when Daniel Ricciardo became his team mate.

“Back then, Sebastian opted for a change of scene, by moving to Ferrari, but this time he’s staying put to battle it out with Leclerc.”

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And while Vettel appears ready to continue his battle with Leclerc next season, Brawn thinks the emergence of the youngster has been one of the highlights of Ferrari’s season.

“The most positive aspect of Ferrari’s performance this year was without a doubt Charles Leclerc,” Brawn said.

“[Leclerc] who, in only in his second year in Formula 1 and his first with a top team, won twice, was on pole seven times and finished on the podium on 10 occasions.

“His talent is undeniable and he is destined for greatness over the next decade.

“Clearly, there is still room for improvement, which is only natural.”

Mercedes once again secured a clean sweep this season as Lewis Hamilton finished top of the drivers’ standings and the Silver Arrows comfortably won the constructors title.

And Brawn, who has previously been the team principle at Ferrari, believes current chief Mattia Binotto will be more competitive in 2020.

“Next year it will be an interesting challenge for both drivers,” Brawn added.

“Mattia will have to carefully manage his driver pairing to best suit the needs of the team.

“The biggest challenge, though, will be to provide the drivers with a car that’s competitive on all types of track.

“On top of that, they will have to try and avoid the reliability issues that occurred too frequently this year.”

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